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  • To build bridges between the rich and the poor, and establish advocacy links... (GC 35, # 3.28)

  • South Asian Conference Social Coordinators 2012

  • Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature (Pope Francis, 2013)

  • 'Friends of the Lord' means 'Friends with the poor'(GC 34, # 2.9)

  • Move beyond doubts and indifference to take responsibility for our home, the Earth (GC 35, # 3.31)

  • To respond today to pressing needs of our complex and fragile world, many hands are surely needed (GC 35, # 6.30)

  • To discover new horizons and to reach new social, cultural and religious frontiers... (GC 35, # 1.6)

  • Asia Pacific Conference Social Apostolate gathering 2013

  • Love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce (Pedro Arrupe SJ, 1973)


Accompanying Distress Migrant Workers

Martin Puthussery SJ (CCU)

My first experience with migrant workers was when I was a 23 year old scholastic. I was travelling by train, in an emergency from Calcutta to Kerala, my home State in an unreserved coach. The coach was overcrowded with young Bengali men travelling over 2500 kilometres south, in search of work. During the 45 hour train journey, some young men of my age shared with me about their families, work they did in their villages, reasons for migration, types of work they were going to do, their aspirations, etc. One of them even offered me a cup of tea.

This first encounter had an impact later in 2011 on my volunteering to initiate work among the migrant workers in Kerala. In the evenings I visited migrant workers in the labour...

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