systems and national security states which exploit and oppress the poor?
The crisis in Africa is the crisis of the human spirit. As Pope John Paul II stated in his remarks to diplomats accredited to the Vatican: "Efforts have to be made . . . through a policy of justice and peace, to get rid of the cause of such a lamentable reality (refugees and famine), which is not an unavoidable one. May our generation take up the challenge!"20
The voices of the migrants and refugees continue to raise that challenge. They speak to the universal Church and to each of us from that in-between land where "the twilight of past dreams turns gradually into shadows and expectations fade."21 In the immediacy of flight they ask for food, shelter, and sanctuary, but they ask for more than this. They wish to build their lives anew either by returning to their home communities or by forming new ones. In the end, however, they plead for the Church to work with them to transform those situations that force them to leave their homes. They ask us to join them in the search for a "community without borders."
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Publication information: Book title: Emerging Human Rights:The African Political Economy Context. Contributors: George W. Shepherd Jr. - Editor, Mark O. C. Anikpo - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1990. Page number: 161.
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