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News & Analysis | November 2017

Rwanda. Do Banks Hold A responsibility In The Genocide ?

The French justice will investigate on accusations against BNP Paribas’s financing of weapons which may have been used to perpetrated the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.  Other banks may have to respond to similar charges. Twenty-three years after the genocide of the Tutsis and moderate…

Dossier

Malawi. Journey Into The Chewa Cultural Heritage.

Malawi is a country with over 10 tribes each with different cultural traditions and beliefs. Historically almost all Malawian tribes migrated from somewhere else with the indigenous ‘Akafula’ or ‘dwarfs’ being the original tribes. The Chewa tribe is the country’s largest, accounting for 34.1 percent of the 16 million people.  The second biggest tribe is the Lhomwe,…

The Initiation Rites.

The initiation rites for girls take place in the village or a place close by it. This is because, among the Chewa, a matriarchal society, it is the woman who is the real owner of the village. When a girl is close to the age of puberty, the head of the family chooses a female tutor for…

Marriage & Installation of Chiefs.

The Chewa people are the matrilineal society where married men are used to playing a marginal role. Marriages follow a matriarchal system where the man moves from his parents and lives with his wife at her parents’ home. When a man has found a woman to marry, he tells his uncles who will pass on the message…

The Burial And The Commemoration Ceremonies.

In the small Chewa village, death has come; the bam-owl has announced it by its call. The myth of the blue-headed lizard, the messenger of death has become true. Time has come to perform the last ritual of passage, the burial and the commemoration ceremonies. The body has been washed, the hair shaved. The corpse is dressed…

Churches

DR.Congo. A Whole Life Spent For Life Itself.

She has helped deliver 34,000 babies. Close friendship with a Moslem Imam;…

Kenya. From The Street To New Life.

Napenda Kuishi Rehabilitation is a rehabilitation programme for Nairobi street children run…

Egypt. Sharing Devotion.

Places sacred to both Christians and Moslems where the faithful tend to…

Benin.The Monastery of Notre-Dame De L’Ecoute. The Value…

A contemplative community inserted into the social texture of the village, through…

Culture

Mexico. The Dance of the Devils.

The Dance of the Devils is performed on the occasion of…

Uganda. Life Is Celebrated During The Last Funeral Rite.

Last funeral rites in many Ugandan tribes and cultures is marked…

Acacia senegal. An Anti-inflammatory Medicinal Plant.

It is a multi-purpose tree that has been used for more…

Kenya/Borana. Restore Peace.

Among the Borana, an ethnic group that lives in northern Kenya,…

Opinion & Comment

2018: An Entire Year Of European Cultural Heritage.

Questions about the merits of the common market are well under way, but the European institutions…

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Africa: Poverty And Scarce Knowledge Of The Religion Feed Fundamentalist…

At least 33,000 people were killed in Africa between 2011 and 2016 at the hand of…

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Advocacy

Justice, Peace And Liberty.

On May 4th 1976 Paul VI named as auxiliary bishop of Newark (New Jersey - US) Joseph A. Francis. He was the forth black catholic…

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Baobab

The Crocodile And The Cockerel.

Once upon a time, the crocodile was king of the animals. He was holding court one day. He sat majestically on his throne as he received…

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Youth & Mission

African Young People As Peacebuilders.

Violent conflicts are prevalent in African countries with large youth populations such as Mali, Central African Republic and Somalia. In some instances, young people contribute to…

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