We can be powerful agents of change for those made poor. In the spirit of Mary Aikenhead we ask these questions. What issues or situations are we passionate about? As RSC’s we are called to be passionate about the poor. That passion is fuelled by our daily quiet, contemplative prayer that hears the cry of the poor.
Anti Human Trafficking
In an effort to equip the Sisters and the local community in Warri Diocese with the necessary information and knowledge about the issue of human trafficking. The Sisters of Charity held a Capacity Building Workshop which was organised by Sr Justina Nelson in collaboration with NAPTIP (National Agency Prohibiting Trafficking in Person) who were also the resource people.
A full day took place in a room in the House of Commons in London to discuss how best to proceed with legislation around prostitution. The day was attended by representatives of various organisations who work with those caught up in prostitution or human trafficking.
Sr. Justina Nelson RSC is engaged in anti–human trafficking awareness raising in Warri Diocese in Delta State, Nigeria. Human trafficking is getting worse in the State as traffickers are taking advantage of the poverty and hardship caused by the economic recession affecting everyone. They are moving more to the interior and remote villages and even the city dwellers are not spared. Most young women, even though some of them have heard about human trafficking, seemed not to be convinced and are still lured away.
Sr Eilis Coe RSC writes: "March 2016 was a busy and interesting month from the point of view of Anti Human trafficking. Three evens took place which were of significance for our work as RSCs committed to Care of the Earth and the Abolition of Human Trafficking :
For those of us involved in the multiple facets of fighting human trafficking, it has a price. We hear painful stories while growing in sensitivity and compassion for the suffering of victims. Listening to the horrendous stories, up against systemic injustice and organized crime, and fighting for benefits for survivors demands a commitment and a strong personal support system. How can we continue without compassion fatigue, burnout or cynicism? How can we be attentive to trauma stewardship and be mindful of the resources that sustain us in the work?
Awarded gold, Juliet Sargeant’s Modern Slavery Garden highlighted the chilling fact that, two centuries after the passing of the Slavery Act, there are still 27 million slaves worldwide.
Our sisters in the U.S. have told us about an innovative way of helping fight sex trafficking through the use of a special app that can be downloaded onto smart phones, or android devices. This app TraffickCam, released in January 2016, is an app which allows users to upload photos of hotel rooms when travelling.
One of our Congregational objectives in our strategic plan is: In order to respond to the ever-increasing scope and diversity of human trafficking we will create opportunities in our areas to further educate ourselves and our sisters over the next two years on internal trafficking within their various countries, particularly the trafficking of children.
The Religious Sisters of Charity worldwide is committed to the abolition of Human Trafficking and care of the earth. In the Nigerian Region, we join our Sisters in other part of the globe in this struggle. We are engaged in awareness raising and sensitization programmes in both rural and urban areas where we live and work. Using posters, flyers and drama we portray the reality of trafficking.