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Yearly Archives: 2013

Africa 2014 – Trials & Instability

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Kenyans will follow with utmost interest the trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta and of Vice-President William Ruto which is due to start in February in the compulsory presence of both statesmen, according to an end of November court ruling. It still remains to be seen whether they will attend. But if they don’t, they would…

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Africa 2014 – Elections & Conflicts

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In North Africa, the main event will be the presidential elections in Algeria next April, with Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ruling National Liberation Front’s candidate running for a fourth mandate. Owing to Bouteflika’s poor health, the main question is whether he will be able to bring it to a conclusion, since challengers such as the novelist…

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CAR – Deteriorating situation

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According to the United Nations there are at least 130,000 of the 800,000 residents of Bangui who are displaced. More than 45,000 are crowded into the only camp for the displaced near the airport, under French protection, without proper shelter, water, medical supplies and inadequate food supplies. There is a serious risk of epidemics due…

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Uganda – Museveni eyeing EAC presidency

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Uganda is behind efforts to speed up the East African Community integration process which will ultimately lead to the formation of an East African Federation. The EAC, which comprises five countries: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania Rwanda and Burundi, was revived in 1999 after falling apart in 1977. The three founding states of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania…

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Madiba – Hope & Love

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Anyone who remembers the early days of 1990, when Mandela toured the country as a free man after 27 years, speaking to huge crowds of people, will recall how his words, and his mere presence, gave us all hope for a united, just and peaceful South Africa. Those who had suffered under apartheid found a…

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The spiritual qualities of Mandela

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Millions of people around the world have paid tribute to Nelson Mandela who died on December 5th at the age of 95. World leaders from around 90 countries were present  at a memorial service in Johannesburg.  The international media have been filled with tributes, obituaries, reminiscences and analyses. Many political leaders and analysts have  focused…

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Peru – Paths of Hope

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A Comboni Missionary community lives and works on the outskirts of the Peruvian capital, Lima, among the poorest and most needy. They share their experience. Pamplona Alta, on the outskirts of Lima, is home to 30 thousand people. This shantytown  finds its origins in the night of December 31,1999, when thousands of people invaded the…

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Ghana – The dump of God

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Agbobloshie is a large dump on the outskirts of Accra, Ghana, often referred to as the ‘digital dumping ground’ where millions of tons of electronic waste (e-waste) from  Europe and North America are processed each year. “One of the biggest environmental crimes the world has ever witnessed”, according to environmental organizations. A small religious community,…

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The Catholic Church

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The Apostolic Vicariate of Arabia, the former Apostolic Vicariate of Aden, Yemen, was established in 1889.This is the place where the Catholic Church started its missionary work. Capuchins were in charge of the Vicariate of Arabia, which included Kuwait, the Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. In 1939 the first Catholic Church…

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Keeping the ‘Status Quo’

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Three years after the Arab Spring uprising against Bahrain’s ruling family, the Shiite and Sunni communities of the kingdom  have not yet found a solution for a pacific coexistence. The causes of tension are purely socio-economic. Hostilities in Bahrain are the result of sectarian policies of the Sunni-led government, in areas such as employment, housing,…

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Days of protests

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  On Valentine’s Day of 2011,  thousands of demonstrators  flooded the Pearl Roundabout in the heart of Manama, demanding political reforms, a constitutional monarchy, a society without religious discrimination, freedom of the press and a parliament with real powers. Bahrain, in fact, is a constitutional monarchy where the parliamentary representation has been redesigned to ensure…

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Bahrain – The Arab Spring’s “missed” opportunity

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  Bahrain, whose name means “two seas” in Arabic, is an archipelago on the west coast of the Persian Gulf. The country’s capital is Manama. Since 1507 and for more than a century it was the Portuguese port of call on the route to India. After the Portuguese occupation, Bahrain fell under the control of…

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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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