There was no time to lose, so the very day I arrived I found myself participating in the Caritas Assembly of the Diocese of Alto Solimões. From the beginning, sharing with very simple people has given me a vision of what this experience will be like, three days discovering concerns, dreams and desires of formation. I admired the ability to respond to the calls of the Church and seek to know, through them, the reality that is lived in this place.
At the end of the week, I was embarking on a canoe to Arara, an indigenous community in Colombia, with the team of the Triple Border Anti-Trafficking Network (TTPN). A diversity of nationalities, different languages, a common dream: the fight against human trafficking in this region, a reality that goes beyond the limits of the imaginable and that must be addressed through prevention, awareness raising and training of communities in the face of threats to the right to life. A welcoming, simple community with many values, among which I highlight the young people who took their time to translate to the elderly, in their native language, everything that was being worked on. This beginning could not have been more promising. Everything that I thought about living in the Amazon is coming true.
We are all focused on Project ALEM, the responsibilities with the parish and the diocese, the activities, the themes for formation in this year that was beginning, and…, the pandemic arrives. What was distant news coming from the Asian continent, began to close borders in the world and, here, there was no exception.