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Mission Offices meet

mission_01A meeting of the Mission Offices of the Irish, British and Belgian Mission Offices was held in Brussels on 19 February. John K Guiney, Murt Curry and Tom Layden, the Delegate for Interprovincial Cooperation and Planning for the four North-Western Provinces, were in attendance. One of the central issues discussed was the need for advocacy regarding the rights of children, opposing child abuse in all its forms – child trafficking, child soldiers, child labour, young girls’ dowries as a source of family income, etc. The attendants took time out to visit the Africa Museum at Tervuren, which showed the enormous variety of life and culture of the Congo region – which was personally owned by King Leopold II and was left to the Belgian government in his will when he died!