On the occasion of World Refugee Day, Caritas Italiana proposes a report called “Mari e Muri” (“Seas and Walls”) about the tragedies of migration and the infinite deadly barriers that migrants and refugees are facing on their terrible journeys. Natural and man-made barriers that symbolise the global indifference and hostility that is addressed against migrants and refugees now at days.
“Mari e Muri” looks into the broader phenomenon of migration and seeking refuge; as well as takes a closer look at the situation of the countries in the Horn of Africa, Eritria, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti in particular. In 2014, Djibouti has been a transit area for over 82,000 people fleeing from repression and conflicts.
Alongside the wall that the Mediterranean Sea represents, the report also looks at many of the moret than 50 man-made walls that separate people, like the Saharawi wall, aka "the wall of shame", which separates Morocco and part of the former Western Sahara; the walls of Ceuta and Melilla, the two Spanish enclaves in Africa; the Tijuana barrier, which stretches over 1,000 kilometers on the border between Mexico and the United States; the Israeli-Gaza wall, the wall between India and Bangladesh, the one between Iran and Pakistan and the one announced in recent days by Hungary on the border with Serbia.
With “Mari e Muri”, Caritas Italiana wants to remind about and promote the fundamental right to freedom of movement, guaranteed by international conventions and fully expressed in the Social Doctrine of the Church:
"Every human being has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the confines of his nationality, and also has the right to immigrate to other political communities. For the fact that you are a citizen of a particular political community, loses nothing of its contents belong to the same human family and then the membership, as citizens, to the world community."
Because before God, all men are equal.
You can download "Mari e Muri" on Caritas Italiana's website.
The report is available in Italian.
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