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1 January 2020

Jessie. The dream of going home and starting over

Stories of rebirth

“I worked in a chemical plant in Uganda. After I got sick from an allergy to the materials we used, I had to leave work. I bought a small kiosk to sell food to passers-by. Everything was fine, until I was cheated by an agency that offered me a job in the Middle East. I thought I had found a great opportunity, but instead found myself in domestic slavery. I worked tirelessly and received no food or compensation. I thought only of escaping from that terrible situation. During a first attempt to escape, I was raped by a taxi driver whom I had asked for help. But despair led me to flee again and fortunately the other taxi driver accompanied me to the embassy. It was the beginning of a new life: I arrived in a house of nuns who took care of me, giving me food, clothes, dignity. One day I asked the sisters about the possibility of returning home: I often thought of the happiness that I got from owning that small kiosk, just a few years before. The sisters helped me to obtain the documents and to make contact with my country of
origin. Today I live in Uganda and the nuns continue to help me in my path of work and social reintegration”. (TK Uganda).

Photo credit: Lisa Kristine

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Talitha Kum, the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons, is present in 89 countries on five continents. According to the information of the 2021 Census, Talitha Kum is made up of:

50 inter-congregational networks that coordinate the efforts against trafficking at the national-local level;

10 networks that promote joint coordination of different countries at the regional level. These include so-called "contact countries" formed by Network reference groups working in the region. In other cases they are in the process of forming the national network;

2 continental coordination that bring together the national and regional coordinations present within a continent; an

the international coordination based in Rome at the International Union of Superiors.

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