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World Refugee Day 2021

Today we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of World Refugee Day, along with 50th anniversary of the Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. To mark this day, which is intended to honour refugees, Emmaus International is calling on all leaders to respect this Convention that is all too often flouted, and for a paradigm shift from the deliberate stigmatisation of migrants that justifies the ill-treatment inflicted upon them. Emmaus International calls for a dignified welcome, throughout the world, of the millions of people fleeing their countries. 

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The Earth does not belong to us

In his book Testament, published in 1994, Abbé Pierre dedicated a chapter to the Earth, this “Earth which does not belong to us” but that we must look after. Far from being a pioneer in the field of ecology - as he himself admits in the text - Abbé Pierre nonetheless delivers his message, calling on humanity to preserve, halt and reverse the harm caused to the Earth. Almost 30 years later, this message is still relevant and a source of inspiration, as the environmental disaster gets worse.

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Possibilities and constraints of the vaccination against Covid-19 on the African continent.

In Africa, vaccination against Covid-19 is the subject of many debates during the crisis. Madeleine Antoinette Mbom, a member of the African regional executive committee, discusses this hot topic with us. By highlighting the example of her country, Cameroon, she sheds light on the arrival of the vaccine on the continent and the obstacles to mass vaccination.

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"With this awareness of the Colombian people, rising up against our government, we are in resistance mode!"

Since 28 April, a wave of protests has swept through Colombia. After the outright rejection of the tax reform, which would undoubtedly affect the poorest people, the entire policy of Ivan Duque’s government is now being met with fierce protests. On 19 May, the port city of Buenaventura bore witness to police repression. David Sinza, a member of Emmaus Buenaventura, talks to us about this unprecedented crisis affecting his country and his city.

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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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