|Project:||Support for the Darfur campaign|
|Date:||December 24, 2007|
|Place:||Italy - Sudan|
Darfur, a region situated in the west of Sudan, in the Sahara desert is the scene of one of the greatest human tragedies. After about twenty years of civil war, in 2005 peace agreements were signed which in spite of all the promises have not brought order to the country: the victims of the disorders reached two million, while the refugees number about 4 million.
On Friday 14 September, at Castel Gandolfo, the Pope granted an audience to the President of Sudan Omar Hassan Ahmed El-Bashir, accompanied by a delegation composed of 15 government representatives, including the Foreign Minister, the Minister for Religious Affairs and a representative of the Christian religion.
At the centre of the meeting was the crucial topic of human rights and religious freedom, with particular reference to the importance of dialogue and openness among the different religions. Benedict XVI appealed for an end to the suffering and the insecurity of the people in Darfur, trying to ensure humanitarian assistance and the implementation of development projects.
The Salesian missions are concentrated in the south of Sudan, at Tonj and Wau, and in the north at Khartoum, Nyala and El Obejd. The most important centre of Salesian activity is the city of Tonj, where about 700 children are benefitting from the construction of a new school where they will be assured of a good basic education. The Salesian project aims at finally resolving the situation of the serious lack of schools.
“My greatest satisfaction is going into the workshops and seeing our youngsters learning a trade that will allow them to look after their own families, their own children.” These are some of the words Fr Vincenzo Donati, for 50 years a Salesian missionary the last fifteen of them in Sudan, told the public at the Christmas Concert held 9 December, at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona.
Those who performed in the course of the evening- some more than once - included: Michael Bolton, Anggun, Eugenio Bennato, Mario Biondi, Giovanni Allevi, the soprano Mika Kunii and the tenor Francesco Malapena, Gerardina Trovato, Lighea, Massimo Ranieri, Serena Autieri, The Virginia Gospel Choir, Ornella Vanoni, Ron and the duo RyanDan.
Among those present at the evening were the Mayor of Verona, Dr. Flavio Tosi, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Verona, Mgr. Giuseppe Pellegrini, the Director of RAI 2, Antonio Marano, Fr Pascual Chávez, Rector Major of the Salesiani, his Vicar Fr Adriano Bregolin, Fr Giovanni Mazzali, Economer General and Fr Tarcisio Scaramussa, Councillor for Social Communication.
|Fondazione DON BOSCO NEL MONDO
Via della Pisana 1111 - 00163 Roma