The International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking is presented on Wednesday, 8th February, 2017. Mr. Kim Rattana, Executive Director of Caritas Cambodia briefed the objective of the day. He said “the international day is to create greater awareness among the general public and to reflect on the current situation of human trafficking; particularly women and children. Another goal is to create. public attention and social action to fight against human trafficking which is still a big issue in Cambodian society as well as in the regional and global level”.
During the day, Caritas conducted staff gathering to join for prayer and collaborated with the National interreligious committee to celebrate the day.
In the morning, all staff of Caritas national office is joining together in prayer to celebrate the global act to fight against human. The morning program at the office included: 1/ presentation of short video featuring a true story of a Cambodian women who was trafficked to China, 2/ prayer led by Fr. Hang Ly from the Apostolic Church of Phnom Penh and 3/participatory campaign by stamping hand on the white fabric to dedicate commitment on fighting against human trafficking in all forms.
The second program in the evening was the interreligious prayer in Buddhism, Catholic, Protestant and Muslim way. The attendees are representatives from the four religions, came together to celebrate the prayer for the victims of human trafficking; especially women and children. The International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking is also celebrated in different dioceses, parishes and Caritas’s provincial programs and project.
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, February, 8 is the feats day St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once, she was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared as Saint in 2000. On 8th February, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. Through prayer , we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen and help empower survivors.
Some activities of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking conducted at Caritas National office Phnom Penh and Catholic Church-Phsar Touch Phnom Penh.
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