DAR ES SALAAM, April 03, 2012 (CISA) -The Second Dar es Salaam Counter Human Trafficking Symposium for the grassroots and faith based organizations came to an end on March 29, 2012.
The symposium was organized by Reintegrated Efforts for Social Transformation (REST), Hope for the Children Organization (HFCO) and the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI) Sisters in Dar, Tanzania assisted by KARDS and Consolation East Africa from Nairobi, Kenya.
Several faith based and other local organizations were represented in this symposium including The Catholic Professionals of Tanzania (CPT), Wanawake Wakatoliki Tanzania (WAWATA), Caritas Tanzania, Legal Human Rights Center (LHRC), University of Dar es Salaam and Youth for Change (Y4C).
The symposium provided a healthy forum for exchange of ideas, perspectives and information on the Challenge of human trafficking in Tanzania. The important outcome of the symposium was the fact that participants felt the need to strengthen networking and collaboration amongst themselves.
The primary topic handled by the symposium was the reintegration of the victims of human trafficking in Tanzania. This appears to be a great challenge as facilities for temporary safe haven are lacking. So far only one organization provides facilities the DMI sisters in Kimara.
Organizations working in countering human trafficking have little know how of what it entails and its scope. Hence constant forums for knowledge exchange that also contribute to promotion of networking play an important role. The participants from Kenya shared with the other participants that the Church in Kenya dedicated the first week of the 2011 Lenten period to discuss amongst human trafficking. By entrenching the message against human trafficking in the Lenten Campaign the Kenyan Church indicated that they saw it as a peace and justice issue.
The next symposium is scheduled for 28th and 29th June in Mombasa and the last major symposium for this year will be held in Nairobi on 21st, 22nd and 23rd November. The third counter human trafficking symposium for Tanzania will be held in 28th and 29th March 2013.
SOURCE CISA NEWS AFRICA