Mustapha Mohamed-Lamin Ahmed is a staff member of Jesuit Migrant Service in Valencia, Spain
Why do you think the work of JRS is relevant today?
It is relevant because JRS does not differentiate between who can or cannot be accompanied, served, and advocated from those in need. It does not set a period for personal emancipation, which is our main goal, but allows people the time they need. It is relevant especially because, despite the obstacles, it looks at the problem of migration and denounces the injustices that the migrant population suffers.
How does your work contribute to JRS mission?
I give the initial welcome to the people that come to SJM office, informing and guiding them on how to face their new reality. My duties are useful because the close proximity working with the migrants is very important. I can’t forget that I was myself an immigrant in this city, a person who needed a helping hand from organizations like JRS in hard times.
What does JRS mean to you?
SJM Valencia means that I can put into practice all my convictions which makes this is more than a job. It gives me the strength to wake up every morning and be at the service of people in need. It means to be constantly looking for a minimum human rights conquest for those who are appalled and humiliated by unfair migration policies. Those conquests and victories are the key to reaching a society less hostile, but more inclusive, welcoming, and hospitable .