Good Shepherd Sisters of Vietnam seen here with organisers of the Blue Heart Campaign at an exhibition booth in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: JULIAN CHUA (CHARIS)
CHARIS, the Singapore archdiocese’s umbrella body for overseas humanitarian aid, has contributed US$6,000 (S$8,100) towards the organisation of an anti-human trafficking campaign in Myanmar.
The Blue Heart Campaign, aimed at raising awareness and empowering people towards ending human trafficking in the region, was organised by the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force.
The Aug 6 event was held at the People’s Square and Park in Yangon.
The task force comprises Caritas Myanmar, Cambodia, Macau, Thailand, Vietnam, and Caritas Asia. The organisers hope that the campaign would encourage neighbouring governments in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region to strengthen law enforcement and policies against human trafficking.
The event was attended by more than 500 participants from NGOs, representatives from the Myanmar government, law enforcement agencies, foreign embassies and the Myanmar public.
Exhibition tents were also set up by representatives of the GMS task force and NGOs to inform the public of the various anti-human trafficking initiatives in the region.
During the event, Mr John Jirawat, a representative of the GMS Task Force, called for cooperation between the task force and other like-minded organisations. He emphasised maximising the use of resources to fight human trafficking and provide support to survivors.
Submitted by: CARITAS HUMANITARIAN AID & RELIEF INITIATIVES, SINGAPORE (CHARIS)