Saturday 15 January 2022
Most of us probably know very little about seafarers - the job they do, the risks they take, what their life is like. But, as Europe Regional Director of the Mission to Seafarers managing chaplains and operational staff across the UK and Europe, Ijeoma Ajibade is only too aware of all those things. And life for seafarers during the pandemic has been, and continues to be, extremely challenging.
Ijeoma is also an Anglican priest ministering in London, and a community activist working on HIV awareness and prevention through the organisation Positive Faith, so it was good, too, to hear from her about the particular challenges people face in being a Christian and HIV Positive, and how hard it can be to talk about that health status in faith communities.
And, as is so often the case with Travellers Tales, I find my eyes opened to the deep sense of home, belonging, and injustice, that comes from a history so different to mine - in this case, as Ijeoma talked about her late father’s passionate belief in the dream of Biafra, and the way that has shaped her own activism.