SAINT JOSEPHINE BAKHITA  

Born c. 1869 in Olgossa, Darfur, Sudan
Died 8 February 1947, Italy
Year of beatification 1992 (17 May) 
Year of canonisation 2000 (1 October) 

Feast Day 8 February 

St Josephine Bakhita, also known as ‘Mother Moretta’ (our Black Mother) bore 144 physical scars throughout her life which were received after she was kidnapped at the age of nine and sold into slavery.


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Dear brothers and sisters, 
today, 8 February, is the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese nun, who as a child had the traumatic experience of being a victim of human trafficking. The Unions of Superiors and Superiors General of Religious Institutes have organized the Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. I encourage those who work helping the men, women and children who are enslaved, exploited, abused as instruments of work or pleasure, who are often tortured and mutilated. It is my hope that government leaders may work decisively to remove the causes of this disgraceful scourge, it is a scourge unworthy of society. May each one of us feel committed to being a voice for our brothers and sisters, who have been humiliated in their dignity. Let us all pray ...

(Pope Francis: Angelus Prayer February 8, 2015)



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Veglia di Preghiera
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Veillée de Prière
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Racconti di bambine e bambini sopravvissuti alla tratta.
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Poster: create you event
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Carmen Sammut
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Eventi a Roma, febbraio 2017
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Gabriella Bottani
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Prefazione Anna Pozzi
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Talk Irina Todorova IOM
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Relazione di Sr. Gabriella Bottani
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Selfie against Human Trafficking
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Evento a Roma - Veglia di Preghiera
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Press release January 2017
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Comunicato stampa gennaio 2017
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10/02/2017

Look at the Photos of the Rome Events 2017. Click here

08/02/2017

General Audience with Pope Francis. Read more

08/02/2017
Prefazione di Anna Pozzi per l'opuscolo dei Racconti di vittime di tratta "Sono bambini! Non schiavi!" (download l'opuscolo). Leggi
 

Events 2017 Archive

04/02

Roma, Veglia di preghiera contro la tratta di bambini e adolescenti. Leggi

03/02

Roma, Proiezione del Film Talking to the Trees (English with Italian subtitles - Inglese con sottotitoli in italiano) di Ilaria Borrelli, Guido Freddi. Alle 20,30, presso la Casa del Cinema (Sala Delux - Largo Marcello Mastroianni. L'evento è realizzato dal Comitato Promotore della Giornata in collaborazione con SIGNIS, Black Italians - Roma. Leggi 

03/02

Seminar "They are just children! Not slaves! Women's voices on trafficking in children and adolescents" Programme

01/02

Press Conference to launch the Events in Rome: Sala Stampa Estera, 11am.

Testimonials Archive

Joyce, (not her real name) was a 16 year old girl from a village in Nigeria was an orphan. Her grandmother who took care of her, had a small shop and had difficulty in sending her to school. Her education continued only until the end of primary school. Then she did the housework and helped her grandmother in her small shop. One day she was approached by a lady who promised her a job in a restaurant in Burkina Faso. With this work she could help her grandmother and take care of her. She decided to embark on this adventure without informing the grandmother, because she was certain that she would not give permission. After a perilous journey, without documents, Joyce arrived in Burkina Faso. The lady put her in a house with other girls and, after one night’s rest from the trip, gave her an extravagant dress an asked her to follow her on the sidewalk for prostitution. Joyce refused, fought and refused to eat. Eventually she had to give in, and pretend to agree. Sometimes she rebelled and ...


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Radio Spot in English

Lalani and her dream to study Lalani is a 16 year old girl who was attending high school in Melbourne. Her parents took her to their country of origin for a holiday. When they arrived Lalani discovered that preparations for her marriage were well under way. She didn’t want the wedding to take place but felt she had no choice but to comply. Lalani’s parents returned to Australia taking her passport with them. Lalani’s school friends in Australia had participated in education programmes on their legal rights and current legislation regarding forced marriages. Through facebook, they alerted her to the fact that forced marriage is a slavery-like practice and is illegal in Australia. They told her of a website that could assist her. Lalani was able to receive support through the website. She was assisted to obtain new Australian travel documents and an airline ticket back to Australia. Lalani did not return to live with her family. She told her NGO caseworker that she wanted to reconnect with some family members and was given mediation assistance to do so. Lalani ...


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A LITHUANIAN STORY Aina, a fifteen year old Lithuanian girl, was offered a chance of education in Germany, by a male friend of her mother. She was told that she there could get money for study by washing dishes. Her single mother, a prudent woman, did not want her daughter to travel alone, so the friend invited her to come along too. He drove both to Germany, where he passed the mother on to another man, while he drove her daughter to Spain. There sexual exploitation awaited her…… The girl is now trying to forget her ordeal. We think that human trafficking prevention should be mandatory in schools. No boy or girl ever dreams of being a prostitute or of being exploited for labour. Preventative measures should be taken to insure young people are very sceptical towards what sounds as easy job opportunities in other countries. Story sent by Socialinė konsultantė LIthuania


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Partners

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Sezione Migranti & Rifugiati
Dicastero per il Servizio dello Sviluppo Umano Integrale

Pontificia Accademia delle Scienze


Caritas Internationalis

Unione Mondiale delle Unioni Femminili Cattoliche

Anti-Trafficking Working Group


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