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News & Analysis | April 2017

Kenya. Street Children. Operation Cleaning Up.

Street children in Kenya are often a nuisance to pedestrians and shopkeepers. They are also disliked by local administrators because they are a sore sight in touristic areas. They should not be there, full stop. That’s why, once and again, local politicians state their…

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South Sudan. People of the people.

Though known for centuries as the Dinka, they actually call themselves Moinjaang, 'People of the people'. The more numerous Southern Lwo branch includes peoples living in central Uganda and neighbouring sections of DR Congo and western Kenya. According to a myth held by many Dinka sections, the first people to be created by God (Nhialic) were…

Dinka culture. Together as a family.

There are important values of Dinka culture and moral values for women and men. They have a tradition which allows continuity of a family from one generation to the next. Some refer to this tradition as 'ghost marriage'. The ghost marriage requires that when a man dies or is absent  from home for a long time,…

Dinka Traditional Religion.

The essential features of Dinka religion fall under three headings, which may be regarded as its three principal dimensions: belief, worship and morality. Belief - Considering the Dinka as a whole, the main objects of traditional religious belief are: God, the divinities, spirits and the ancestors. Belief in God, conceived as one Supreme Personal Being, seems to…

The Dinka Today.

In the late 20th and early 21st century, the pressures of the conflict between Arab North and African South has imposed hardships upon the Dinka. Many have become involved in military and political resistance against Khartoum in the growing movement for southern Sudanese independence. John Garang de Mabior was a Dinka. Garang became leader of the…

Churches

Young laity engages in transforming Asia.

For more than ten years Fondacio Asia, through formation programs for a…

150 years later in Africa ...

This year, Comboni Missionaries celebrate the 150th year of the foundation of…

Peru. The Gospel along the river.

For some years now, a group of Comboni Missionaries has been present…

Benin. A Bishop tells his story.

From Nigeria to Canada and back to Benin. The encounter with the…

Culture

Maytenus senegalensis - The magical plant.

It is used for the treatment of a number of diseases…

Nepal. Meet medicine men on the streets of Kathmandu.

Kathmandu is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal. There are…

Latin America. The sacred symbolism of Jade

Jade was the cornerstone of the Mesoamerican people. Its economic, political…

Colombia. The Nasa a Proud People

In Colombia, indigenous people are but a small 2%, minority, subdivided…

Opinion & Comment

Turkey in Africa. What’s it all been about?

Turkey is rather enigmatic at the best of times and even harder to fathom under its…

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Turkey. Erdogan and his alliances in the Persian Gulf.

Turkey is aiming at the Persian Gulf in order to extend its sphere of influence and…

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Advocacy

Meetings and Words empower advocacy.

From the 16th to the 19th February, 2017 took place in Modesto, California first U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM).  Even though, Popular movements have…

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Baobab

The Goodness of Rice

A long, long time ago, on the island of Java there were no rice plants. The people of the earth had only grown cassava for their…

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Youth & Mission

God of Nonviolence.

Thank you for the gift of your love and your peace. Give me the grace to live the life of Gospel nonviolence that I might be…

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