Wells of Hope
During the General Assembly of Talitha Kum, Sr Claude Naddaf from Lebanon / Syria Province presented to Pope Francis a plaque showing the network of "Wells of Hope" in the Middle East. The Pope blessed the work of the Network and also gave his Blessing to all the peoples of the region.
The pope said, “Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ; it is a crime against humanity.” He added, “It is a form of modern slavery, a clear violation of human rights, a heinous, cruel and brutal crime.” The words of Pope Francis challenged us, made us mindful of our responsibility towards our poorest brothers and sisters.
The main objective of this Network:
◊ To promote cooperation and alliance between Christian and Muslim women as part of a joint effort against this culture of death, specifically, that of human trafficking.
◊ We will work in collaboration with local, regional and international agents of all religious backgrounds.
◊ To create action plans for the prevention, protection, assistance, and rehabilitation of people at risk of trafficking.
◊ We hope to strengthen relationships between Christian and Muslim women in order to encourage joint action and promote mutual trust.
◊ This project is targeted at Middle Eastern countries including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and the Emirates.
◊ The first phase of this project takes place over ten months, where we will work together to identify and collect data, establish action plans and methods for use in each country to provide protection and assistance to victims.
◊ Identify human resources in each country.
◊ Arrange training sessions to develop the skills of those who will work in this fundamental humanitarian camp.
◊ Create a space for dialogue, reflection, and action to restore the human dignity of these people and reduce the exploitation of the most vulnerable women and children.