The Valley Catholic February 6, 2018 - Page 6

6 COMMUNITY February 6, 2018 | The Valley Catholic From left, Claire Collins, Kelsey Coplin (both work for the Catholic Charities Refugee Foster Care Program), Charles Ryu (refugee from North Korea), and Father Jon Pedigo. Catholic Charities Observes Migration Week “Many Journeys, One Family” was the theme for National Migration Week 2018. Pope Francis reminds us that regardless of where we are and where we came from, we remain part of the human family and are called to live in solidarity with one another. On January 7, in observance of Migra- tion Week, Father Jon Pedigo and Grupo Solidaridad were honored to host Charles Ryu, a young man who escaped North Korea and settled in the Bay Area with assistance from the Catholic Charities Refugee Foster Care Program. Charles was only 15 years old when he was sent to a labor camp as punishment for his fi rst attempt to fl ee North Korea. While there he worked 16 hour days, seven days a week, was only given 150 kernels of corn a day to eat and suff ered brutal beatings from the guards at the camp. Charles grew so weak and desperate from starvation that one