Today we mourn yesterday’s assassination of Honduran environmental leader Berta Cacéres. As the co-founder of the the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras, Berta successfully led a nonviolent campaign with her indigenous Lenca community that stopped one of the world’s largest dam companies from building the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric project. The dam would have flooded large areas of land and cut off the supply of water, food and medicine for the Lenca peoples.
No Life without water. Even more than food we need it to survive. That is why access to water is a basic human right. Yet, some 663 Million people do not have access to clean water. About a third of the world’s population lacks basic sanitary services.
The film Spotlight which deals with the uncovering of the sex abuse scandal that came to light in the Archdioces of Boston at the beginning of the 21st century has won at the Oscars
The Amnesty International Report 2015/16 documents the state of human rights in 160 countries and territories during 2015.
"Abuses were reported in countries in the Asia-Pacific region including Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam," the report says.
Hunger is the greatest scandal of our times. Dying of hunger means an agonizing slow death. Although there is enough food for all, 3 million children die every year of malnutrition.
The last 15 years have seen some progress in reducing poverty in the world. Yet 10% of the world’s population still live in extreme poverty.
AEFJN has already worked for many years on some of the SDGs. During the weeks of Lent we will present some of the new development goals and ask ourselves how we could contribute to their implementation.
Intention for February: “That we may take good care of creation –a gift freely given– cultivating and protecting it for future generations.”
Dalit Christians in India are planning a march to demand equal rights, including reservation in educational institutions and government jobs.