Bernie met with President Higgins
Bernie met President Higgins on his recent visit to Peru.
” the photo was taken by Fr Joe McCarthy from Bantry……The President visited the Society of St. James house in Barranco,Lima it was taken in their garden on Feb 8th. He spoke very simply of the men and woman religious and their work among the poor and excluded of the different barrios.
The following day the Irish here had an occasion to hear the president speak of Roger Casement. Yes!! it was fascinating for me, as in the community we are 4 nationalities, Perú,Colombia ,Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ireland!! Roger Casement working for the British Government , made 2 trips to Amazonia,north of Peru in the early 20th century and also visited the Congo. In both places the rubber ‘índustry’ was present with foreign companies (well the colonizers) and Casement saw the exploitation ,the suffering ,the cruelty …and even in those years he spoke and wrote of the human rights of these peoples.