Archbishop Charles Scicluna has urged Malta to use the racially motivated murder of Lassana Cisse Souleymane as a wake-up call for the need to integrate migrants into communities.
“We have unfortunately served Lassana very badly and we need to bring him home to his mama’, and we have a fund for that,” Scicluna said at a dialogue on racism at the University of Malta. “However, we also need to help our young people understand that people of colour who are with us are not guests, they are part of us.”
“They are there to build our community, we need to build our community together. Our community needs to be a community where we respect each other as human beings irrespective of religion, race and sex.”
Scicluna announced he was organising a ‘Good Neighbourhood Dinner’ at the Curia next month, in which 30 Maltese and 30 foreign youths will gather at the same table to eat and share their life experiences.
“We need to invite our friends, especially those from Africa and Asia, to be part of our celebrations,” he said. “We need to celebrate together.”
Cisse Souelymane was killed while walking down a country road in Ħal Far on 6th April. Two young soldiers, aged 21 and 22, have been charged with the murder, which police believe was racially motivated.
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