In a bid to find lasting solutions to Migration issues in Africa, a six-man delegation of SECAM officials led by H.E. Mgr. Sithembele Sipuka, Bishop of Mthatha, South Africa and 2nd Vice President of SECAM, paid a solidarity visit to the Archdiocese of Rabat and Diocese of Tanger in Morocco from 25-30 October 2018.
The visit was to help the delegation to have first-hand information and understanding of the situation of migrants. It was to engage with the church and other organisations dealing with migrants and to know the exact areas that needed attention in dealing with the issues of Migration.
As part of the annual celebration of the SECAM Golden Jubilee, the month of March 2019 has been dedicated to Refugees, Migrants and Displaced Persons. However, after witnessing the situation of the migrants in Morocco, the 2nd Deputy Secretary General of SECAM and Director of SECAM JPDC, Rev. Fr. Samuel de Jesus N. PAQUETE, who was part of the delegation, said in an interview that, the issue of migrants would need months and possibly years even after the Jubilee of SECAM; strategies must be in place to tactically deal with the situation.
Fr. Paquete indicated that to find a lasting solution to migration issues, one needed to live the life the migrants were living; to observe, participate and work out a solution with them. He challenged church leaders in Africa to propose and do more to help the migrants; as a majority of these migrants were moving within the continent.