Migrants & Refugees: ‘Growing together as a society’
By Devin Watkins
As part of a series leading up to the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees to be held on 25 September, the Vatican Section dedicated to the issue released a new video on Friday.
In it, Pope Francis underlines the importance of appreciating the contribution that migrants and refugees make to the socio-economic growth of the communities which welcome them.
The Pope says that promoting their talents allows every member of the community to grow together as a society.
Making an impact
In order to show that migrants have a contribution to make to their host countries, the video tells the story of Lucy Juah, a South Sudanese refugee currently living in Kenya.
She is employed as a community outreach worker, and in her spare time she is a seamstress and does tie-dye.
Lucy also makes peanut butter and sells it to Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS).
“I can see my work as having a social economic impact in the host community, because I have been integrated in the community,” she says, “and I have women who come to me and they ask me to train them, especially in making peanut butter.”
Teaching a trade
Lucy has taught her craft to many other people, who are in turn helping provide for their own families.
She notes that even buying raw material to make peanut butter at the local community is also a way to contribute economically to the host community.