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Farewell to Father Giovanni Barbareschi

Passing away at age 96 of father Giovanni Barbareschi, founder of OSCAR, priest and "rebel for love". “Youths, fall in love with freedom. Only this way you become men and women”. These were his amazing and moving words as he was honoured as a Righteous at the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide of Milan on 6 March 2014.


Nobel Peace Prize to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad "for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict". Mukwege has dedicated his life to help and defend women victims of violence and abuse in Congo. Murad, yazidi, has instead witnessed to the world the drama of her people.


In Stockholm, a tree for Harald Edelstam

On Monday 24 September, in the seat of the Italian Embassy to Stockholm, a tree and a plaque have been placed in memory of Harald Edelstam, the Swedish diplomat who helped the politically persecuted in Pinochet's Chile.


The stories of those who helped

The exhibition of the Holocaust Museum of Washington, Americans and the Holocaust, describes the behavior of the American people regarding the Holocaust, focusing in particular on the faults, and the moments in which they could have stepped in to help the victims. Despite this, though, it also tells us about rescue stories of American people and associations that helped the Jews in the years of Nazi persecution.


The Righteous’ trees are now monumental trees

The trees of the Gardens of the Righteous are monumental trees. This is stated in the Resolution no. 23 of the Ministry of the Environment and the protection of the territory and the sea's Committee for the development of public green, signed on 6 March 2018.


MOAS keeps hope alive for Rohingya people

"We will do everything possible so that no child, woman or man will feel abandoned or lose their lives on unsafe vessels". MOAS repositions the Phoenix in the Andaman sea for a one-month monitoring mission before the monsoon season starts. This mission will be for understand more about the operational scenario in the region, and the professional team on board will also be ready to act, if any urgent SAR intervention is required. 


The "Righteous"

Examples of the resistance against evil

The history of the twentieth century is dramatically marked by crimes against humanity, such as genocide of the Armenian people in 1915 - '16, the Holocaust during the Second World War, the gulag during the period of communism, the tragedies of Rwanda and the Balkans in the 90s. In each of these extreme situations, there were men who found the strength to oppose the evil, following their principles and personal responsibility.
If people can not track down specific parameters of the figure of the "Righteous",  then if they will not catch the common features present in all genocidal experiences. What matters is the ability to listen to their conscience, to defend the principle of humanity beyond the constraints of ideological, religious, political, or ethnic, social and cultural rights.
The paradigm is the valuable experience of the Commission of the Righteous at Yad Vashem, expanded and deepened in the sign of universal reflection on man.

 

The book

The Messenger

Yannick Haenel

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​Efi Latsoudi

Coordinator of the Pikpa Solidarity Camp and winner of 2016 Nansen Refugee Award for her tireless work helping refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos