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Melilla Continues to Suffer

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Publication date: 
November 2022

June 24, 2022, will go down in history as a day of infamy. In the morning of that day dozens of persons were killed, and more than a hundred were injured as they tried to cross the border fences separating Nador (Morocco) and Melilla (Spain). The images of their lifeless bodies, piled up as if they were animals, have been burned into our retinas. The videos recording the brutality and indifference of the Moroccan police stirred our indignation. Now, a few months after the event, we offer this reflection in order to recall that barbarity and to delve into its meaning. It was an event experienced with pain, borne without grief, carried out with malice, and financed with government money.

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Jesuit. Currently in Misión Almería, collaborating with the Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (SJM) on the european southern border. He has published with Cristianisme i Justícia Kenotic revolution, revolutionary descent: The Spiritual Politics of Dorothy Day and Breaking bread. Notes for a political theology of migration. He has been a member of the board of trustees of the Fundació Lluís Espinal-Cristianisme i Justícia.

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