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Monday, November 30, 2009

corruption in the catholic church, complicity of caritas and CRS

I have tried to wait to tell this story. i was really hope we could solve this problem somehow with CRS and cartias today in the archbishops office of san salvador. we did not, and this is a story that needs to be told desparetely.

friday morning at 10am i recieved a phone call from a contact i had made in the world food program meeting (which i snuck into). this man from cartias (who organizes CRS aid for local communities, aid of which CRS gets from the world food program. aid is a long, complicated, official, slow process). he told me to get all community leaders together (30 communities) with a list of all affected families (nearly 1,000) and document numbers. !)(*@# we stayed up ALL night getting together this information because we thought it meant CRS would get us food for 30 days. this unfortunately, was a big lie.

we showed up early. Cartias/CRS was 2 hours late. big lack of respect, after very tired and hungry and poor community leaders has walked 3-4 hours after staying up all night. strike one.

then, the priest of the parroquia santiago texacuangos threw EVERY SINGLE COMMUNITY LEADER OUT OF THE MEETING. and caritas stayed quiet. i protested and asked the preist why. he told me "mucho revuelta." the door were locked. strike two.

then, the priest HAND PICKED who would recieve aid. i know some of the families he cross off the list. families in need who lost everything. unfortunately, these families represented community leaders. "leftist communist" who worked personally with oscar romero, ita ford, and maura clarke. i actually cried. and no one stood up for me. the 4 members of cartias did absolutely nothing and let this blatant corruption occur. as the UN aid got delegated NOT to those in need, but to those who were friends and families of the right wing priest. i saw this with my own eyes. strike 3.

as if that was not enough, caritas invited me and mercedes (who was locked out of the meeting) to the archbishops office today at 2 pm. we left a 6pm. in the four hours that ensued, i fought and begged and pleaded and cried that we change the system. the the 500 families (quota chosen by world food program) would arrive to those most in need, because clearely we could not help anyone. i had contacted with mercedes community leaders from the junta directive and adescos who could HAVE HELPED US DO THIS THE RIGHT WAY SATURDAY. but no. they were ALL KICKED OUT.

thus, cartias let us pick 3 communities to add to the list. of course, those the priest had chosen would get to recieve aid first. and cartias played the numbers game. fill the next 300 spots in the easiest way possible. unfortunately, for me and mercedes this was not a numbers game. this was high level corruption. and each number represented a familiy. human beings for christ's sake.

there was nothing to do put cry. when i pleaded again that we take the corruption into account and thing of a more just way to bring food to those in need, i was told to be quiet. i was told that "we all have our own interests, this priest is a good man" by the same people who SAW THE CORRUPTION. they denied it to my face!! what interests do i have!!!! i have never been poor and i dont need world food program aid!!!!!

mercedes just cried. where is oscar romero? i miss romero.... she repeated over and over again.

caritas actually had the nerve to ask me to personally go home and digitze 300 names an dui numbers. i am at my limit. i cannot believe we have hit more complicity in corruption. in the catholic church no less. i feel very very sad and quite hopeless.

i actually do no what to do. i do not have the capacity to feed 1,000 families. even if the 500 helped by world food program actually get aid, these are not the most in need. or may not even be in need. im not sure if this makes sense to any of you. i dont know what to do. world food program papers are due tommorrow. we are out of time. we lost.

i am at my wits end. if anyone has any good idea or knows anyone important who can help mercedes and the people of santiago texacuangos please email me immediately. i need a real ngo that is not corrupt. i need you to pray for us. to somehow let justice prevail. i dont know what else to do.

1 comment:

  1. corrupcion es peor que el odio

    bueno, solo quiero comentarles los niveles de corrupcion que he visto en la iglesia catolica de Santiago Texacuango , verdaderamente una burla a la fe cristiana y el dogma religioso de ayudar al progimo, resulta que los amigos de Santa Maria atravez de Beth Tellman y Mercedez, recibieron instrucciones de CRS de recopilar los numeros de DUI de cada lider de familia de cada comunidad que esta afectada para recibir la ayuda que esta canalizando CRS atraves de la ONU, entonces comenzo la historia, un problema contactar a cada lider comunitario pero al fin se contactaron, y cada lider consiguio los datos necesarios de su comunidad, lo que quiere decir que no durmieron toda la noche debido a que las casas de cada habitante estan retiradas una de la otra y hay comunidades con numerosas familias, entonces al ia siguiente se habian convocado a una reunion donde estaria el sacerdote de la localidad, debido a que CRS solo puede trabajar con iglesias cosa que creo es una enorme equivocacion pues muchas veces como esta los sacerdote no tienen la capacidad ni el conocimiento de las realidades de las comunidades, entonces, los lideres se hicieron presentes a la reunion desde las ocho de la manana a pesar que la reunion esaba programada para las nueve, la gente del Arsobispado llego a las diez de la manana, para mpezar una falta de respeto a los lideres comunitarios que habian caminado tres o cuatro horas a pie para llegar a la reunion, al inciar la reunion, el sacerdote local salio de su escondite por que tiene miedo a los lideres comunitarios y a la comunidad debido a que en muchas ocaciones no los toma en cuanta y solo toma en cuenta a personas allegadas a su estructura y a la de la alcadia, cuando la gente me comento esto no podia creer, pero ahora veo que es cierto, que personas como este sacerdote son una verguenza para la comunidad, la fe religiosa y la raza humana, bueno inicio la reunion y el sacerdte salio de su escondite donde paso todo el tiempo sin enfrentar a los lideres, salio acompanado de personas que segun eran lideres comunitarios pero la verdad es que eran sus amigos y allegados a la iglesia, quienes habian elaborado una lista biciada y sin tomar en cuenta la gente que de verdad lo necesita,entonces el sacerdote literalmente hecho de la reunion a todos los lideres comunitarios y a Mercedez, no les dejo participar en la reunion a ecepcion de la gente que el habia comvocado, este frente las narices de las personas del arsobispado quienes no dijieron nada y permitieron que la gente fuera descriminada y la corrupcion sonriera, que verguenza tambien por esta gente que al final no hace bien su trabajo y dicen profesar el bien.

    la unica persona que pudo entrar fue ELizabeth, para empezar no es de la comunidad, no conoce la realidad de todas las comunidades a pesar que lleva dos semanas trabajando duro en el lugar llevando comida y agua y tratando de organizar las comunidades, al preguntarle al sacerdote por que no dejaba que entraran los lideres y no dio una respuesta con sentido, lueo empezo a quitar gentes de las listas como si se tratara de un juego de azar, este si este no, este es mi amigo este no, luego, pregunto si habia lider de la comunidad los puentes y no habia entonces quito a esta comunidad pero afuera estaba el lider de la comunidad y no le dejaron entrar, esto se llama corrupcion, violacion a los derechos humanos que gozan de proteccion mundial , discriminacion o por credo religios, abuso de poder y sobre todo falta de etica y conciencia social, es lamentable que ONGs internacionales y organismos internacionales como el Programa Mundial de Alimentos no tenga el conocimiento minimo de la realidad de las comunidades afectadas y peor aun canalizen su dinero mediante este tipo de personas. ojala un dia recapaciten.

    Jonathan Velasquez

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