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Friday, October 28, 2016
Caritas France takes voice of poor to election candidates
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 Secours Catholique (SC), a member of Caritas Internationalis, brought the voice of the poor to the forthcoming presidency election candidates through a supplement in several national papers, entitled 'Paroles de sans-voix' (The unheard of speak) Editors Louis Guinamard and Anne-Isabelle Barthélémy write that 'while candidates raise several hard poverty-related issues, we hear little from those who live in poverty'. Contributors to the non-partisan 27 March supplement included Mgr Jean-Charles Descubes, Bishop of Rouen bishop and France's Bishops' Conference official for family and social issues, ADT Third World, the Georges Hourdin Foundation, the (French) Semaines Sociales, France Amnesty International, and cartoonist Cabu. Eighteen Paris and regional dailies, among them l'Humanité and le Monde, freely helped with its nationwide distribution. Some of the stories are: A 56-year old mother with two children living on 14.52 euros a day in benefits; a young married woman and her husband sharing a small council flat with nine relatives; an African fast food worker meeting secretly with other illegal immigrants at SC meetings to share ways and means to survive and escape arrest; a couple (aged 93 and 79) living since 1984 in one room; and a theatre company run by its 40 homeless members.
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