A newspaper for immigrants
VALLETTA, 23 November 2009 (Times of Malta)—The Peace Lab in Ħal Far is issuing a newspaper for immigrants with the aim of strengthening ties between them and Maltese society, director Fr Dionysius Mintoff said.
The newspaper, Africalink, gives immigrants information about matters relevant to them, such as the situation of other immigrants around the world and in their country and also information on activities in Malta, especially at the Peace Lab.
Over the last few years, the Peace Lab has become a sanctuary for migrants because, according to Fr Mintoff, it believes that such migration is mostly due to the search for peace and prosperity and a move away from places overcome by violence or natural disasters.
Fr Mintoff insists that for humanitarian and Christian reasons, these people deserve our brotherly love and help to build a better future according to the resources of the country where they seek refuge.
He said that in a country like Malta, where resources were scarce, this was more difficult. The economic implications were also larger.
"Nonetheless, the immigrants are still our brothers and we still have a Christian duty to help them. This is why the Peace Lab, besides its traditional work for peace, has extended its scope and is now offering some 50 African migrants a place to stay," he added. The first edition of Africalink, issued in October, includes articles about refugee problems, St Francis, Peace Lab activities and information about Malta and some African countries.