Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Human Trafficking Story on CNNs "Situation Room"

Click here to view the video of CNNs Barbara Starr reporting on sex slaves living only blocks from the White House.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Test Your Refugee Knowledge

How much do you know about the world's most vulnerable people -- refugees and displaced people? Click here to be directed to the Refugees International web site to take a quiz aimed at increasing your knowledge. It's only 15 questions; it won't take long. A little more knowledge can't hurt!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

South Kordofan, Sudan

According to the Sudan Tribune: "Intense fighting in South Kordofan has displaced over 60,000 people, with more than 35,000 believed to be heading to El Obeid in North Kordofan, the UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs declared on 15 June. On 5 June, fighting broke out in the key northern border state of South Kordofan between the northern army – Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army(SPLA), raising fears of a possible return to war, just weeks before South Sudan becomes independent on the 9 July. The clash followed an ultimatum issued by the northern army ordering their southern counterparts to vacate the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile; two of the regions which border South Sudan. Insecurity in Kaduguli, the South Kordofan capital has reportedly limited humanitarian organisations from either re-allocating their staff from the town or blocked re-supply of stocks in the region."

Click here to read more from the Sudan Tribune, and here to follow the situation on Sudan Catholic Radio Network.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

June 5 - World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) was established by the U.N. General Assembly in 1972 and has been commemorated each year since then. The purpose of the day is to stimulate worldwide interest in the awareness of environmental issues and to encourage political attention and action. Click here for more information about WED from the United Nation Environment Programme website.

The USG/UISG Commission for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation in Rome developed a prayer to commemorate World Environment Day. Click here to access the prayer, which focuses on celebration, lamentation, and response.