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Speech made by Abbé Pierre at the International Labour Office, Geneva (1955)

After his appeal in Winter 1954, Abbé Pierre embarked on a series of trips around the world to spread his message and his work. In 1955, he travelled to the United States where he met President Eisenhower, to whom he gave an autographed copy of the English translation of his book "Abbé Pierre and the ragpickers of Emmaus". Shortly after his return, he held a conference at the International Labour Office in Geneva to talk about this journey and to share his thoughts on the state of the world of work at the time and ways to improve it. These thoughts were informed by his recent travels. Here is the transcript of his speech.

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"From North to South. From East to West. We will fight."

Discover the testimony of the women of Emmaus Concepción - Las Urracas who have been mobilised since October 2019 while various crises are shaking Chile.

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Reopening of Emmaus shops in the UK

After months of strict lockdown and an intensive vaccination campaign in the United Kingdom, Britons are starting to get back to an almost normal way of life. Restaurants are welcoming customers back and hairdressers and shops are reopening. Simon Grainge, Chief Executive of Emmaus UK, tells us about the reopening of the Emmaus shops and the issues involved.

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Homage to Sister Hatsuki, an emblematic figure at Emmaus Japan

Sister Hatsuki Murakami recently passed away. She was a key figure for the Emmaus movement in Japan, where she set up initiatives in Tokyo after spending more than four years immersed in international youth camps and Emmaus communities in France until 1977. Many people in the movement met her and have fond memories of her. Read more about her story here.

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The challenges encountered by countries in South America in coping with Covid-19 and inequalities in accessing vaccines

Luis Tenderini, an Emmaus International Board member for the Americas region, tells us how the economic and social situation has deteriorated in most South American countries since the beginning of the health crisis and how inequalities have intensified between the classes. He focuses particularly on the problems of access to vaccination for the population.

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