フランチェスコ教皇の7月1日の twitter message です： Vivre comme de vrais enfants de Dieu signifie aimer le prochain et se faire proche de celui qui est seul et en difficulté. まことに神の子として生きるということは，隣人を愛すること，また，孤独や困難のうちに暮らしている人に寄り添うことを，意味します．
昨日，6月24日，洗礼者ヨハネの祝い日，早朝は雷雨でしたが，いつものように牛久入管収容所に行ってきました． Michael 神父様と François は所用があり，姉妹二人とわたしと，三人でした． わたしが会った兄弟ふたりのうちひとりは，故国で少数民族の一員として迫害されています．短期滞在の名目で日本に来るためには visa が要らないので，とにかく迫害から自分の命を守るために彼は日本に来ました．しかし，故国での迫害のことを話すと，成田空港で拘束されて，結局ここ牛久入管収容所に拘禁されてしまいました． 彼が属している少数民族に対する迫害は国際的に知られた事実です．しかし，そのような人々に対しても日本政府は難民受け入れの道を閉ざしています． もうひとりの兄弟は，20年以上日本で暮らしています．日本人女性と結婚していました．しかし，彼女は病死してしまいました．彼が生命保険や遺言などの日本の法律的事柄に関して詳しくないことを利用して，亡くなった彼の妻の兄弟は彼女の生命保険の受取人の名義を無断で変更し，彼がそれを受け取れないようにしてしまいました．彼は，日本人の配偶者の身分を失って，暫く前から牛久収容所に入れられています．しかし，弁護士費用を払うことのできない彼には，奪われてしまった生命保険金を取り戻すこともできません． 今日知ったひとつの新たな事実：牛久収容所の部屋のなかには畳敷きの部屋があります．畳敷きの部屋には椅子やベッドはありません．日中は畳の上に座り，寝るときは布団を敷きます．ところが，座布団がありません．個人的に買うことも，外部から差し入れることもできません．寝具も，折りたたみマットレスは極めて薄く，背中や腰が痛くなってしまいます． 収容されている兄弟姉妹たちのうち畳部屋で暮らしている人々が座布団を使えることができるよう，そして，寝具の質が改善されるよう，要望書を牛久入管収容所長へ送りましょう． 牛久入管収容所の兄弟姉妹たち皆を主が憐れんでくださいますように． Luc
Father Michael and Friends of Ushiku did today the 10th June our regular visit to the Ushiku Detention House of the Japanese Immigration Bureau (入国者収容所東日本入国管理センター，牛久入管収容所). I'd like to present here Father Michael's prayer for the detainees : I praise you, Lord. I thank you with all my heart for the many graces and blessing that you have given me. Help and strengthen those who experience daily stress, those who are sick, those who are close to despair, those who miss their families so much. Lord, please continue to give strength and courage to all these good people who are surviving in the Detention Centre. Amen. I met two of our brothers detained there. One has been in Japan since eight years, the other since twenty four years, without any social trouble. Why can't we receive them as Japanese citizens ? I am very happy that one of them told me his compatriot who is the one I met on my first vist to the Ushiku House has obtained his provisional liberation. May God protect him in this sadly xenophobic society of Japan ! The last Sunday was the Pentecostal Sunday. Father Michael celebrated the first communion of several children. I was particularly impressed by one of them, a very handsome boy. The father of this boy came to Japan with his family to escape from policital persecutions he suffered in his own country. On their arrival in Japan he and his family were detained in a Detention House of Japanese Immigration Bureau, but they are now in the condition of provisional liberation. The problem is that under this condition they can't have Japanese citizenship so that they are not allowed to work and that they can't benefit from any public service such as social security or public education. Thanks to some benevolences the boy studies now in a private elementary school. His attitude in the ceremony of the first communion was impressively clever and reliable. He speaks beautifully the Emperor's Japanese. I think he will be capable of taking some leadership position in his society. I pray God that his father may get political refuge in Japan and that he and his family may continue to live without persecution in this country. Luc
Father Michael of the Tsuchiura Catholic Church and members of Friends of Ushiku visited this morning the Ushiku Detention House of Japanese Immigration Bureau. I show you here a photo of the reception and administration building of the House :
Our brothers and sisters are detained in eighteen blocks, some of which are vacant for the moment.
Now there is an indication showing a passage leading to the House. When Father Michael visited the House for the first time more than fifteen years ago, there was no such indication, so that he couldn't find this passage. It is relatively recently that they settled this blue plate. I tried to take photos of sinisterly high walls of detention buildings, but I couldn't because they forbid us to come near to the walls. All the windows of the detention buildings are opacified with whitish film, so that our brothers and sisters can see neither the blue sky nor surrounding trees. Please imagine that. It's really suffocating. Today Father Michael talked with two of our brothers, and I saw also two of them. I was glad to have heard that one of the two I met today would be released provisionally tomorow after his detention of one year and five months. But we can't be too happy because he is forbidden to work in Japan so that he can't have a really independent life in this country. The other brother I talked with today came to Japan to escape from life threatenning persecution in his mother country. He explained his dangerous situation to immigration officers in Narita. And they arrested him to transfer him to Ushiku. That's the sad Japanese manner to receive people persecuted in their own country and expelled therefrom. There is no hospitality at all. We must know that we are all transient being in this world. Our true land is the Kingdom of our Lord in Heaven. There are many place enough for all of us, for our Lord says : "In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you ? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be" (Jn 14,2-3). Waiting for that momemt of Parousia, we should share this narrow world with all of our brothers and sisters. May the Lord give us the heart that enables us to love each other. Luc
brother François suggested me that we might write in Einglish in this blog so
that English speaking people can read and know what we do, I try to do so.
Friends of Ushiku, is a small group of members of Tsuchiura Catholic Church who
collaborate with Father Michael Coleman sscc in his activities of compassion
and solidarity with detainees of the House of Detention of the Japanese
Immigration Bureau, situated in Ushiku City, Ibaragi Prefecture.
are our brothers and sisters who lost or don't have permission to stay in
Japan. Some came to Japan without valid visa to escape from persecution they
suffered in their own country and to seek refuge in Japan. Others have lived and
worked in Japan more than ten years or twenty years without problem and one day
they were told by an immigration officer that they can not stay in Japan any
more for such and such reasons. And they were arrested like a criminal.
violation of human rights of detainees and neglect of custodial duties of
warders that happen in this House have been pointed out since years. Even
very recently, in the last March 2014, two detainees died successively, one
because of diabetic complications, the other because of asphyxia caused by aspirated
laryngeal foreign body. In both cases, lack of appropriate medical treatment
Father Michael is
a catholic priest, but he doesn't preach to detainees. He simply talks with
them and hears carefully what they say with friendship and compassion. And if
they suffer from lack of things they need in their every day life of detainee,
he gives them, for exemple, telephone cards, postal stamps, clothes,
underwears, soap, tooth brush, washing powders, etc. He does so in very limited
resources he has in his disposition. And the most important thing is to pray
for them and with them. So do we too.
If you feel a
sympathy for our poor brothers and sisters detained for years in inhuman
conditions, please pray with us for them. And if you would and could, please
help them also materially. Your contribution is always welcome.
And if you
visit our brothers and sisters in the House of Ushiku and you have a difficulty
of communication because our brother or sister doesn't speak English but
French, you can contact me by e-mail, for I speak French. My address is :