TK Indonesia Commemorates Children’s Day


    It is always interesting to talk about children and women. Women and children can not be separated. Both women and children are often considered weak persons, so they are vulnerable towards violence , abuse and become the object of the immoral and wicked people. The issues about violence and sexual abuse towards children happen continuously . During one week in April, 2017 there were two small girls from the same area became the rape victims. One girl is 2 years old and the other is 9 years old. We don’t know what sexual pleasure the doer get by raping the two small girls, so he damaged the girls’ future .

    When we visited the family of the victims, the small girls were also at home and met us. One of the girl “Melati” (not the real name) is still in the third grade of Elementary school, and not yet full 9 years old, on August 2017 she will be 9 years old. She told us about the accident: at that time , Melati with the two other small girls were playing near a bridge, where at the river there often people looking for fish. When the three girls were playing a man who was fishing asked Melati to accompany him to take some fish at a certain place. And the other two girls should wait at the bridge. After 40 minutes, the man brought Melati back to the place where her two friends were waiting. The ma gave Melati 4 small fishes. However, Melati cried in pain because blood flowed from her vagina.

    When Melati already back home, she told her parents about her tragic experience. Her parents were shock, and brought her to Puskesmas (Village Health Center), but the officials in the Puskesmas refused to take care Melati there and they suggested her parents to bring Melati to the State Hospital in Pringsewu for getting visum (medical report) . However, when they arrived at the hospital, there was only general practicioner there, so they must come again the hospital on the following day for getting visum from an obstetrician. Melati’s parents also reported to the police about this accident, however, up to now already 2 weeks , the police still do nothing to investigate and to solve the problem.



    Talitha Kum Indonesia Commemorates Anti-Trafficking Day

    Together with the commemoration of St. Bakhita Death Day, the patron of trafficking victims on February 8 we commemorated the Anti Trafficking Day. Together with International Talitha Kum which office is in Rome, together with Talitha Kum South East Asia, and Talitha Kum in Indonesia initiated by CWTC-IBSI, we held various activities to remind all Catholic people, especially the Church Leaders, religious men and women, and Church Hierarchy, to pay attention to this Anti Trafficking Day and commemorate this Day each year. What should the Catholic people do to show their care to the trafficking issues? We should make effort to prevent the human dignity humiliation which is experienced by our brothers and sisters who are poor in many things, such as poor of information, poor of knowledge, experience and materials.

    The Catholic Church won’t be interesting anymore, if the Church’s members neglect and leave the Apostles’ inheritance (Act 2: 42-47) which states in our life we should mutual sharing out, mutual taking care, willingly making sacrifice for the sake of others’ soul safety, and don’t be afraid to lose our own soul ( Gospel).

    We feel that our struggle for helping the trafficking victims is so heavy and slow, because there is lack of information and there are only few religious men and women who are willing to work for trafficking issues. We as the CWTC-IBSI boards and activist of Women empowerment have great dream that Catholic Church members in Indonesia, although the total number is small, will be able to become “Salt” for the majority citizens, as far as we work generously and sincerely. God will use us and help us to become His useful and interesting instrument for serving our fellowmen, specially the trafficking victims. Our friends, the interfaith activist still believe that we can be able to become their work-partner, especially in the activities for helping the trafficking victims.

    In the commemoration of Anti Trafficking Day on February 8, 2017 we asked the religious women in Indonesia to pray for the trafficking victims and plead God to send people who are willing to participate in handling the human trafficking issues, so the victims can be helped. The victims are not only women and girls but also men and boys who were recruited for fishing in the middle of the sea.


    Merciful God,

    You are deeply sad to look at the human being as your own sons and daughters were used by their fellow men as commodity for getting profit as much as possible. Human being are your highest creation, however, their dignity are humiliated by others. Many of them experienced suffering, mistreating , even death. Give your strength to those who became the victims, and send the good persons to release them from the grip of the human trafficking syndicate.

    Almighty God, help us to have “heart” to involve in taking care the victims. Moreover, encourage us and give us strength to participate in struggling against the human trafficking. Help us to be willing to form mutual network for preventing and also for giving advocacy to the victims. Help the Networking Anti Human Trafficking be able to find more victims. Bless each of our efforts to restore the human dignity which is wounded by the sins of your people. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

    This prayer is prayed in all areas in Indonesia where CWTC has networking, religious community, boarding houses, schools, and categorical groups.



    A Meeting for Religious Networking in Palembang Archdiocese, Indonesia

    The Program of CWTC-IBSI this year is to continue the implementation of the program from last year, besides the Capacity Building for the Commission Boards and activist Networking in Bajawa – Flores, and Coalition Networking Advocacy Taking care for NTT. We also visited some networking such as in Manado together with the YMY Sisters; Yogyakarta (DIY); Sumba; JABOTABEK ( Jakarta, Bogor, Bandung, Bekasi and Tangerang) and also Palembaang.

    Palembang is an old city in South Sumatra, where various ethnic groups live. Palembang has fertile land with its product such as rubber, petroleum, fish, oil palm, etc.

    Palembang belongs to a destination area for the wanderer migrants from NTT. The migrants are employed at the rubber plantation, oil palm plantation or as domestic help. In this diocese there is a Apostolic Team for Social Humanity (TKSK). The members of this Team nonsists of SCY Priest congregation, Charitas (Fch), HK, CB, FSGM, BHK Congregation, and Diocesan Priest. The mission of this Team (TKSK) is to carry out activities for humanity such as preventing, advocacy and recovering the victims of the violence and human trafficking and help the victims to return to their origin areas.

    For developing the economic sector is done well by the PANSOS BODRONOTO ( a social commission of the Palembang Diocese), there is an Old Folks’ Home; there is also a Rehabilitation for Drugs victims. However, the religious admitted that up to now there is still no attention for the Violence and Trafficking issues, and this reality become a concern for Mgr. Aloysius Sudarso SCY as the Arch-Bishop of Palembang Diocese. Mgr. Aloysius said actually Palembang Diocese has many catholic people who have capacity to cope with these issues, the question is who is willing to pay attention and handle these issues? The number of Priest in Palembang is still limited so the priests are busy to organize and take care the Parishes.



    TK Indonesia Update on ATIP Activities in Timor Leste

    Timor Leste is a small country that for centuries was colonized by Portugal and Indonesia. The Timor Island is divided into two parts. The West Timor belongs to Indonesia, and the East Timor is now called Timor Loro Sae or Timor Leste country. The west Timor belongs to NTT Province, which nowadays is the Trafficking Emergency Situation. In the reality the trafficking issues in Timor Leste is not so different from the situation in the west Timor.

    We held the first meeting for the 3 days, where 26 religious, men and women are present as the representatives of the religious who works in Timor Leste, with a topic “Be aware of the Human Trafficking Practice in Timor Leste”. Pater Gabriel Suban SVD, the leader of the Religious Group in Timor Leste invited 15 congregation who become the member of Timor Leste Religious group. Although Timor leste is a small country, but it has 73 congregations.



    Anti-Trafficking Trainings in Padang Bisopric, Indonesia


    The Counter Woman Traficking Commision IBSI has been countering the trafficking issues in Indonesia for 8 years. However, not all religious men and women in all bishopric areas have yet been enlightened about trafficking. Hence , the CWTC-IBSI boards are continuously offering educational activities about trafficking in this modern era.  After each socialization, the participants, especially those who were attending this type of workshop for the first time, said that they learned new information which open their heart and mind, and they became aware of the dangers of human trafficking. They are also aware that, as Church members, it is not enough to pray  individually or together in attending Eucharist, in Mass celebration: we must be active to involve in preventing all actions which humiliate the human dignity. They started to meditate upon the life of Jesus, who, during His short time on Earth, was able to raise the dignity of women and children, in a society where women and children were often humiliated and considered second class citizens.



    CWTC-IBSI Combat Human Trafficking in Indonesia

    The program of CWTC-IBSI (Counter Woman Trafficking Commission of “Ikatan Biarawati Seluruh Indonesia” – Indonesian Nuns Conference) in 2015 is the continuity of long activities efforts  started  by 5 Congregations in  2008. Nowadays,  there are 7 congregations in this Commission.  Actually, the sisters who become the commission members have already have certain jobs in their  own congregations . However, based on their commitment,  they try to give their limited time to carry out movement taking part in handling Human Trafficking through the  women and men religious.

    The CWTC Networking  members during this last three years are  not only religious people but also partners from other institutions, such as from the government and NGO who have the same Vision and Mission,  because we can not work alone to handle the human trafficking issues,  as  Indonesian areas is very large, from Aceh to Papua

    Our main program for this year is to refresh the spirit and enthusiasm of the Networking members in Manado (North Sulawesi), Sumba (NTT), and Middle Java. Our second program is to carry out Training For Trainers in Ende NTT, and Capacity Building for the Network members who are active in advocating the victims from their origin areas, the transit areas, or destination areas,  in order that we are able to have equal perception for  doing our best for the victims.

    In last March 2015, Sr. M. Katarina FSGM  and  Sr. Veronika MC were invited by the Superior of YMY Congregation in Manado, North Sulawesi, together with Sr. Yasinta YMY,  for socializing about Human Trafficking Issues to the three groups of Humanity Social Activist at three areas which are far away from each other. The activist are the YMY Sisters partners who belongs to the “YMY Peduli” Group.

    It is very interesting that the Religious Network in Manado is so pro active to response to the Trafficking issues, and they ask the young and old people to be critical to the Human Trafficking phenomenon.  All participants have experiences that among their families and neighbors  there are  some people  who were trafficked  and brought to certain places in the Island where they live or to other islands or even abroad .

    There was a woman, who share her experience in helping someone to recruit candidate for migration labors fro working abroad. She thought that it were good to help other for getting jobs. After she followed the socialization, she realized that her action is very dangerous. Fortunately, the workers candidates were not sent to the destination places. In other group, a woman also shared, that her niece is now in Papua (Fak-Fak). At first, her niece was recruited for working in Tual. Once, there was news that the girl was dead, it seems that recruiter wanted to omit her trace. However, several months afterwards, the girl phoned her family to ask for a ticket for returning to Manado. Her family had sent her a ticket, but up to now she never return home. The last news is that she got married with a Moslem man, and so far the girl was forced to become prostitute from place to place.

    The girls from Manado are beautiful,  and become the target of the traffickers . They are trafficked and brought to various places in Indonesia and also abroad. Almost in all prostitution places, there are girls from Manado, who  have been deceived by the recruiter with sweet promise. Every day, there is news in local or national scale newspaper that  nowadays there are 365 women and children from Indonesian who will receive death sentence in Arab Saudi. Knowing this reality, sometimes we feel that our struggle is useless.