News from the Justice & Peace department of the Comboni Missionaries in North America.

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44,000 people registered as missing in Africa, nearly half of them children

Nairobi (ICRC)—Nearly 44,000 people across Africa are registered as missing with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at a time when restrictions put in place to curb COVID-19 create new challenges in searching for missing people. Forty-five percent of the cases were children at the time they went missing. "This caseload is

Land and Environmental Laws Diluted as Asia-Pacific Nations Eye Growth

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Asia-Pacific nations are speeding up project approvals and removing environmental protections to spur economic growth dented by the coronavirus, moves that will hurt rural and indigenous communities, analysts say. Indonesia has issued a law that makes it easier to take over community land, including those of indigenous groups, and

Compelled to Leave Their Homes

HONDURAS — Thousands of families and young women and men from Central America are compelled to leave their homes and risk their lives undertaking dangerous journeys, only to search for a safe place to live. But ultimately, they are deported back to face the same conditions they fled from. María’s nightmare started with gang

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