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Women of all religions unite against human trafficking


“Wells of Hope” is a new documentary that dives into the drama that is human trafficking in the Middle East. The wars and exodus of millions of refugees have favored the grim business of human trafficking, and especially of sexual exploitation and organ trafficking.

LIA BELTRAMI
Director, “Wells of Hope”
“The documentary talks about a group of Arab women of different religions—Muslims, Christians and Druze—who have joined their efforts, supported by the Talitha Kum network, to combat trafficking. Their primary goals are to build awareness and to work on concrete projects.”

The documentary was screened in the Vatican, in the presence of its protagonists, these women who stand up to those who make a business out of the life of society's most vulnerable.

LIA BELTRAMI
Director, “Wells of Hope”
“With this documentary, we want to give a voice to those who don't have one. We want to say, 'Let's open our eyes. This is a real drama.' We also want to show that there are brave women who risk their lives on the front lines to combat trafficking.”

“Wells of Hope” is also the name of a new project in the Middle East. It is spearheaded by Talitha Kum, a network of religious sisters against trafficking. This new initiative focuses on the prevention of the duplicitous schemes used by these mafia criminals.

SR. MARIE CLAUDE NADDAF
Coordinator, “Wells of Hope” Project
“We work a lot on prevention and on building awareness, because this phenomenon is still not very well-known in our countries. Our work among the poorest aims to give them a small ray of hope on their journeys.”

There are an estimated 20 million refugees and internally displaced people in the Middle East, many of them minors or desperate widows with no one to turn to. They are often the most targeted victims of criminal networks.

Ángeles Conde
Translation: Claudia Torres