In a joint postion paper, AEFJN and partner organisations call on the European Commission to adopt legislation, imposing European business to adopt supply chain due diligence. Read the Position Paper here
At the African bishops meeting of SECAM in Kinshasa, the Bishops called upon the political leaders of the continent to work not in their own interests, but for the benefit of the entire African population. Read the Homily
"I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realised. But my Lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." Nelson Mandela, defence statement during the Rivonia Trial, 1964, repeated during the closing of his speech delivered in Cape Town on the day he was released from prison 27 years later, on 11 February 1990.
Our last reflection was based on UBUNTU, ‘I am because we are’. Following on from this, can we not also say: ‘We are because the earth exists.’? We cannot avoid the truth that the resources of the earth are limited ….
YOUNG AFRICANS LIVING ABROAD and their engagement in African politics
Africa is moving forward and with it are young, bright and innovative Africans who are positioning themselves to take a creative, critical and concrete role in the development of Africa. Joining these young Africans are the emerging youth leaders raised or studying abroad and seeking to forge deeper relationships with Africa and make a significant and viable contribution to Africa’s growth.
(Paper by Divine Muragijimana published in the Pambazuka News, 20 June 2013)
Shortly before he died in 2011, Father Adrian B. Smith M.Afr. wrote about his unique missionary journey. He was a stalwart member of AEFJN and an inspiring proclaimer of the Kingdom of God. No doubt he is resting in peace.
By: Ellen Teague [Independent Catholic News] Photo: Alex Rutter
“Love for the people of Africa has inspired the Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network”, reflected Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald at Saturday’s Jubilee Mass in London to celebrate the Network’s 25th anniversary.
Addressing the 25th anniversary celebration of the Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network at Westminster Hall, Martin Kalungu-Banda, Fellow at Future Considerations Oxford, told how growing up in Zambia he had one pair of shoes, a couple of shirts and little else. In the consumerist world, living in Britain he can have any number of shoes and shirts but he questioned whether he should whilst those in Zambia continue to grow up the way that he did.
AEFJN-UK recognises that climate change is preventing Africans from making as much progress as they might in their struggle against poverty. It is committed to seeing how lifestyles and the behaviour of multinational companies contribute to the change and, capitalising on its unique relations with the people of Africa, it aims to raise awareness of possible solutions.
The illegal trade in small arms (arms that can be carried) that originate in Europe and Asia is swamping African countries, facilitating civil wars there and undermining peace, security and sustainable development.