AMERICA/COSTA RICA – World Migrants Day: “We must not remain indifferent”

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AMERICA/COSTA RICA – World Migrants Day: “We must not remain indifferent”


San José (Agenzia Fides) – “We must not remain indifferent to a possible humanitarian crisis and must deal with what is happening in our country in a holistic way. Msgr. Daniel Blanco Mendez, Auxiliary Bishop of San José, Executive Secretary of the Pastoral Care of Human Mobility, on the occasion of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees tomorrow, Sunday 25 September.
The Bishop quotes Pope Francis’ message “Shaping a future with migrants and refugees also requires recognizing and appreciating each of their contributions to this process.” “God’s plan for the future is essentially inclusive and places in the center the inhabitants the existential peripheries. These include many migrants and refugees as well as victims of human traficking and displaced persons.
According to Msgr. Daniel Blanco Mendez. “Regardless of the origin country, there are many causes that can lead to displacement. These include exclusion, poverty and insecurity. Many people are victims of human traficking, which is the abuse of them by people traffickers, general crime, and even the authorities.
The Bishop stresses that, despite all the obvious aspects, the magnitude and seriousness of the phenomenon are still not fully understood. Flows of migrants and refugees can be observed in different parts of the country: in the south, in the city of San José, in Ciudad Quesada, Los Chiles, Upala and La Cruz, with a growing presence in practically all the dioceses of Costa Rica where those affected often lived in conditions of risk and abandonment. “It is likely that many of these people won’t be able to continue their path and will have the to stay in Costa Rica involuntarily or indefinitely, many because of lack of money or the obstacles to overcome, which result from the border closings that prevent them entering and transiting through other countries,” says the bishop.
Bishop Daniel Blanco Mendez reaffirms that the Church must always respond to human dramas through the organization and provision of humanitarian aid. “We also ask the Costa Rican Society and in a special way the authorities of the Republic of the Republic, and the institutions,” the bishop said. “We ask them to take care of this matter from the point of view of Human Rights and ask them to provide the necessary means to ensure their transit to our country in a dignified fashion.” (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 24/9/2022)



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