Pope Francis calls human trafficking a crime against humanity because it “constitutes an unjustifiable violation of the freedom and dignity of the victims.” Human trafficking is slavery. It involves the exploitation of vulnerable people, coercing them into forced labour.
“We lost everything and only escaped with our lives,” says Alexandre Uate, who is among hundreds of thousands of people across Mozambique still in need of urgent help following Cyclone Idai, which devastated the region after it struck on March 15. Alexandre’s most vivid memory of the cyclone’s floods is the moment when a wall of his home caved in while he and his family were still inside. “That was when I knew we had lost everything,” he recalls. “There is no future if you don’t have a house.”