The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns signed the following letter to Secretary Mnuchin urging him to support debt cancellation and the use of Special Drawing Rights by the International Monetary Fund to help developing countries, particularly in Africa, manage the COVID-19 crisis.
Our concern for Africa is shaped by long term relationsips between Maryknoll missioners and the people of Sudan and South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Namibia. We honor their strength and wisdom and believe that African cultures and traditions often suggest solutions to seemingly intractable local and global problems.
In Africa our Global Concerns work is at times country-specific, focussing, for example, on the slow process toward peace between Sudan and South Sudan, or the genocide in Darfur; the political and economic collapse of Zimbabwe; the introduction of genetically modified seeds or the political situation in Tanzania; efforts to stop corruption in Kenya, among other issues. We also address transnational issues of great concern to all people in Africa: deep and endemic poverty; the HIV and AIDS pandemic; the call for the cancellation of illegitimate and overwhelming debt without conditions that worsen poverty; just trade agreements; the rights of women and children; and environmental degradation.
Articles, alerts, events
Intercommunal violence and government corruption pose serious challenges for South Sudan during the pandemic.
Maryknoll Lay Missioner Susan Nagele, who worked as a medical doctor in East Africa for 33 years, analyzes the region's response to the pandemic and shares updates from Maryknoll Missioners.
June 3 is the Feast of the Ugandan Martyrs, commemorating the execution of 45 young men for their faith in 1886. A similar massacre has again occurred on this day, this time in Sudan.
The people of both Sudan and South Sudan are experiencing grave uncertainties about the possibilities of freedom, democracy and peace.
Dr. Susan Nagele, a returned Lay missioner who worked in East Africa for many years, considers how we might learn to follow the law of love.
Fr. Lam Hua, MM, on mission in Tanzania, considers how the Feast of the Assumption celebrates the amazing gift of creation.
Joanne Miya, a Maryknoll lay missioner in Tanzania, reflects on the unlikely prophets in our midst.
Fr. Lance Nadeau, MM, who is on mission on the border of Kenya and Ethiopia, reflects on Peter's encounter with the Gentile Cornelius and the importance of intercultural exchange for peacebuilding today.
Christine Bodewes, a returned Maryknoll lay missioner who served in Kenya, reflects on the virtue of believing without seeing.
Father William Vos, a priest of the Diocese of St. Cloud, MN, was a member of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, serving in Eastern Africa for 19 years.
Steve Veryser, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Tanzania, considers how the readings for this Sunday give us hope and strength for these challenging times.
Returned Lay Missioner Chris Bodewes reflects on the courage it takes to be a true disciple.
Maryknoll Lay Missioner Mary Oldham Hannemann reflects on the care and compassion she has witnessed in her community in Mombasa, Kenya.
Marj Humphrey, who spent many years as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in East Africa, reflects on the well-known but still challenging Parable of the Prodigal Son.
Maryknoll Sister Teresa Hougnon in Kenya reflects on the transformation that happens when we enter into conversation with our enemies.
Maryknoll Father John Barth in Uganda reflects on Jesus' teachings on the framework for Christian living