On Sunday, October 7, the capital of Navarre demonstrated for the third consecutive year its support for migrants and refugees in a wonderful, fun-filled day of activities. The event was organised by the NGO ALBOAN, the San Ignacio School and the Loyola Centre, with the collaboration of the Pamplona-Iruñea City Council. La Red Jesuita con Migrantes de Centroamérica y México (The Jesuit Network for Migrants from Central America and Mexico) will receive the funds raised in the event, which is part of the Hospitalidad campaign (www.hospitalidad.es), driven by the Society of Jesus.
After the Eucharist ceremony in the Iglesia de la Inmaculada (Church of the Immaculate), the San Ignacio School hosted sports activities, games, children’s workshops, and their now traditional “bocatasolidario” (a sandwich sale to raise money for charity) in a lively atmosphere. At 12:30, several hundred people marched through the city centre towards the old bus station. Students, parents, teachers and those not affiliated with the school all wanted to show their support for those who must leave their homes in search of a decent life.
Once inside the old bus station Carlos Moraza SJ, head of the San Ignacio School; Ignacio Aranzadi, representative of the Loyola Center in Pamplona, and Javier Andueza, chair of ALBOAN in Navarre, welcomed and thanked those who had taken part. Andueza pointed out that the aim of the day was to respond to a painful reality that challenges us. He noted that they want to acknowledge this reality and get involved, not only in the cooperative work for development and humanitarian action that is carried out in the field, but in changing people’s perception of refuge and migration, and the role of citizens to address this situation in terms of justice.
Javier Andueza added that this year’s support focuses on Central America, as around 400 thousand people from the region are displaced to Mexico, the United States and Canada annually. This is due to poverty, exclusion, lack of job opportunities and natural disasters caused by environmental vulnerability.
After the speeches, a communal meal was served to 400 people, followed by a concert performed the group Los Habituales, which put the finishing touch to the day.
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