Early in 1952 a celebratory dinner took place in the Jesuit run Wah Yan College, Hong Kong. The occasion was a send-off to Fr. Paddy Joy, the first Irish Jesuit to be sent to Singapore.
Nearly 2.5 million people live in poverty in the slums and urban areas of Nairobi, Kenya. They lack the basic necessities of life, including adequate housing, clean water, and sanitation services. Educational opportunities are negligible. All kinds of diseases run rampant throughout the communities. The scarcity of jobs complicates every problem.
John K. Guiney SJ
‘They are threatening to burn down my house and my neighbours’ houses if all the members of my ethnic group do not move out. What can I do? I have nowhere to go with my children. Do I wait and see or do I run?’
Such is the experience of fear and vulnerability of almost 50 million individuals known as refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in our world today.
A Personal Reflection
Richard O’Dwyer SJ
Our Holy Week in Lobone started with the blessing of the Palms on Palm Sunday, outside St. Kizito Chapel and the reading of the Passion according to Mark.
The following day, I drove to Torit, the seat of our Diocese, for the Chrism Mass with our bishop, Akio Johnson Mutek and the priests of the Diocese. The rainy season has begun and our way led entirely along unpaved dirt roads.
-on the outskirts of Nairobi in Kenya.
An estimated one billion people now live in slums on the outskirts of cities in many parts of the world. That’s about one out of every six people on the planet. According to the United Nations, next year, for the first time in history, half the earth's population will live in cities.