Mary Lilly Driciru is a member of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church (MSMMC) – Uganda. She holds a master’s degree in social communication. She serves as executive secretary of the sisters' communications office/News Flash MSMMC. She is also a member of the pastoral outreach team.
At a recent training workshop, religious from three continents were urged to collaborate in trafficking prevention, rescue, protection and prosecutions in partnership with the government, NGOs and the church.
After reflection and analysis of both Catholic social teaching and the societal shortcomings in Uganda that enable human trafficking, Catholic sisters resolved to and take action.
In the Great Lakes Region of Africa, consecrated women and men who have been exposed to the realities of sexual abuse were urged to address its horror through a wakeup call at two formation workshops. The first workshop was organized and hosted in 2017 in Goma, where sexual violence has been used as a weapon of war. As woman activist Lina Zedriga Waru says, "The body of woman is the battle field for the perpetrators."
The Missionary Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church believe events in a small Ugandan village show it is truly being overtaken by social evils. They decided to challenge that with a monthly prayer procession around the town. When the decision was made, they informed the village authorities and embarked on the prayer.