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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Benin – Taneka intertwine

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On a rocky hill in a remote area of northern Benin, there are four villages which share an interesting feature. The inhabitants arrived here in the second half of the XVIII century from different regions of Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Niger. They were all running away from the gangs of slave hunter coming from…

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Technology – African tablet

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VMK, a new technology company based in Brazzaville, Congo, is set to introduce Africa’s first tablet computer. Way C is the first tablet entirely designed in Africa. The tablet uses Android 2.3, promises 512 MB RAM, 1.2 Ghz processor, 4GB internal memory, and supports wi-fi. The tablet will cost less than £200 and will be…

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Nobel Peace Prize – To the women

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Late last year, a group of Italian civil society organizations promoted an international campaign to present the candidacy of African women for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Peace Prize for African Women (NOPPAW) campaign organized dozens of events around Italy to spotlight African women’s growing role in the continent’s daily life. The campaign soon…

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Julius Malema – Inconvenient youth

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In the past months, South Africa’s newspapers have been busy discussing Julius Malema. He is the undiscussed boss of the youth wing of the ANC and capable of keeping the ANC old guard on their toes. “To some blacks, he is the embodiment of the nightmare they knew could happen, but hoped never would; while…

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Myanmar – Young at heart

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     Myanmar is now a world-famous country because of Aung San Suu Kyi, heroine of democracy. But she is not alone. In his autobiography, From the Land of Green Ghosts, Pascal Khoo Thwe wrote about his experience as a guerrilla fighter who had a chance to go and study in the UK. In the…

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Malawi – Where there is smoke ….

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    Little known to the outside world, civic life in Malawi is degrading by the day. Since the arrival of multiparty democracy, Malawi has experienced its share of ups and downs, with governments prone to corruption and autocratic temptations. Bingu wa Mutharika – the president of the day – is no different. He is…

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Lesotho – Disappointments

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     Last October, Matebello Makhanya left her village of Ramabanta early in the morning and travelled 60 km to Maseru, Lesotho’s capital, in the hope of seeing a dentist at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, the largest in the country – only to be told that the hospital was about to be closed and dental…

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Dialogue – Challenging relationship

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     In West Africa, people have been relatively free of religious conflicts except in Nigeria. Why is Nigeria the exception? Since the 1980s one can count more than twenty major crises. These crises often begin as a result of some social, ethnic or political misunderstanding and soon assume a religious dimension. It should be…

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Political debate – Dialogue towards consensus

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Malefetsane Nkhahle is one of the three commissioners leading the Independent Electoral Commission of Lesotho. He spoke to Southworld in his Maseru office. How do you promote the democratic process in Lesotho? As many other countries that consider themselves to be democratic, we have an elected government. Our principal responsibility is to deliver free and…

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Lesotho – The Mountain kingdom

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Like most of Southern Africa, the Drakensberg Escarpment was inhabited by hunter-gatherers groups until the XVII century. AT about that time, the area was occupied by refugees from Bantu tribal wars. In 1818, Moshoeshoe, a local chief of the Southern Sotho, the survivors of the devastating Zulu and Matabele raids, occupied the high ridges of…

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Economy – Till the last drop

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Lesotho is a small, landlocked country, mostly mountainous and with limited agricultural output. The country needs to import foodstuff and most consumers’ items, since industries are few and unable to meet internal demands. Being completely surrounded by South Africa, Lesotho is vulnerable to external factors. The global economic recession started in 2008 has had a…

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Church in Lesotho

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The first Christian missionaries to reach Lesotho were the Paris Missionary Society, a French Calvinist group. They arrived in 1833. The Catholic Church in Lesotho started with the arrival French Oblate Missionaries in 1862. The foundation period lasted up to 1933. At that time, new missionaries arrived from Canada, they also were French speaking. Until…

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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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