The convention that brought together delegates from about ten African countries also recommended that the Conferences of Bishops “use the existing platforms such as Catechism classes, Small Christian Communities, religious retreats and gatherings to create and deepen awareness on human trafficking.”
The communique at the end of the conference, availed to ACI Africa Friday, October 4, also outlines the need to “develop a curriculum that is inclusive of training on human trafficking in the religious houses of formation, seminaries, catechetical centers and catholic schools.”
The Nairobi conference has also recommended an “annual forum that brings all the catholic principals together and annual meeting for primary school head teachers” as avenues for creating awareness to fight the challenge of trading human beings.”
“Conducting workshop(s) for the clergy to understand the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and why the Church should network with the government,” was also recommended as one of the plans of action, which the Conferences of Bishops in Africa need to implement.
Convened under the theme “Sensitizing the local communities on dangers against human trafficking,” the two-day conference also recommended that governments in Africa, “avail adequate infrastructure that is family oriented which is women and children focused.”
“Engaging county commanders to unveil and bring to light cases of human trafficking,” and the need for national and regional governments to enact laws to curb human trafficking,” were also recommended as action plans.
Signed by the chairman of Commission for Refugees, Migrants & Seafarers, Bishop Virgilio Pante and the African project coordinator of the Santa Marta Group, Fr. Mark Odion, the communique recommended that in the “next Santa Marta Conference, each bishops conference to issue a progress report on their achievement in the fight against human trafficking.”
According to reports, human trafficking is a global concern where victims are “trafficked into different forms of labor, and for sexual exploitation.”
No country in Africa is exempted from the trade of humans.
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