Who am I and why did I come

28 01 2009

(Colaboración de Mauricio Burbano A. SJ (Ecuador/Brasil).

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We have asked some of the participants to tell us who they are and why they have come from very far away places. These are simple questions that may help our readers to have a glimpse of this extraordinary variety of persons that make up the ‘Ignatian family’ in Belem.

Privilege Haang’andu

My name is Privilege Haang’andu, a Jesuit scholastic from the Zambia-Malawi Province. I am currently doing regency

at the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR), which is one of the Province’s social apostolic commitments. The JCTR is a response to the Society’s call to promote a “faith that does justice” through research, education and advocacy. My working background partially reveals why I am here in Belém.

Privilege Haang'andu SJ

Privilege Haang'andu SJ

I believe that human actions bear effects beyond the confines of an individual country or region. The effects of carbon emission, for example, are felt beyond the borders of their emitters. We have been discussing how different faiths can respond to the struggles of the marginalized peoples and the protection of the environment. This is a cause not only of the Amazonian people, it is a global concern. Humanity is but a single family that cannot be indifferent to the suffering few. My coming to this meeting, more than a choice, was a matter of necessity. I realize, after all, that the patterns of injustice in the Amazon are not alien to those of my own country. The processes of discussion and discernment that have taken place the past couple of days unravel an inexhaustible pedagogy of advocacy and faith engagement.

Kim Sung-hwan

I am Kim Sung-hwan a Jesuit from Korea. Sometimes I miss the days when I was a child. At that time, people in my village used to help one another and to share their life even though they were poor. However, as Korea became

Kogure Yahusisa and Kim Sung-hwan

Kogure Yasuhisa SJ and Kim Sung-hwan SJ

industrialized, many people came to think that ‘money’ was the center of their life. Accordingly the sharing of life disappeared.

Before I came to the pre-forum, I knew that the catch phrase of the World Social Forum is ‘another world is possible.’ This catch phrase touched me because it suggested that the days and dreams of my childhood could come alive again. During the pre-forum, many people from all over the world shared their joys and sorrows. I got a lot of consolation and joy when I thought that not only I but also many other people were dreaming ‘another world.’ I could also notice that many other people participating at the pre-forum were also in consolation and joy. Someone said: ´The dream of one person is just a dream but the dreams of many people are already a reality.’ Thus, it seems to me that ‘another world’ is already being born among us here in the pre-forum.

Adedukawa Esteban Rodriguez

Adedukawa Esteban Rodriguez es un laico indígena de 33 años perteneciente al pueblo Ye´kwuana. Está en el Pre-Foro como representante de la organización Kuyunu del pueblo Ye´kwuana y representante de la Universidad Indígena de Venezuela (Municipio Sucre, Estado de Bolívar). Adedukawa  viajó desde la comunidad de Tencua (Venezuela, Estado de Amazonas) en barco por el Orinoco hasta Puerto Ayacucho, luego hizo un recorrido por tierra hasta Manaos, donde tomó otra embarcación hasta Belém. En total fueron 12 largos días de viaje.

Adedukawa no se arrepiente de su largo viaje, y no se siente solo ya que observa que muchas otras personas y organizaciones están en esta lucha por un mundo mejor. Está emocionado con la presencia de los hermanos indígenas de Brasil de la comunidad “Raposa Serra de Sol”. Le llama la atención que esta comunidad ha logrado del Estado el reconocimiento de su territorio. Adedukawa afirma que en Venezuela todavía no es una realidad la demarcación de tierras indígenas; con todo, están luchando para que el sueño de ser dueños de su propia tierra se haga realidad. Se siente como en familia al participar en este encuentro organizado por la Compañía de Jesús ya que no es la primera vez que participa en encuentros sociales con jesuitas.

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