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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Aid budgets – Victims of the EU crisis

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  Europe accounts for more than half of the development aid worldwide. But owing to its economic crisis, aid budget cuts have been decided. Southern poor will also pay the price of this crisis. On the last 8 February, EU leaders agreed on a 960 billion euros budget for the 2014-2020 period, about  73 billion…

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Human Trafficking – The silent epidemic

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  Human trafficking is the world’s biggest money earner after drugs and small arms. The US Government’s yearly report Trafficking in Persons (TIP) estimates that in 2012, 32 billion US Dollars were made out of the innocent blood of 800,000 humans who were trafficked within or across international boundaries – half of whom were children.…

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Venezuela – What next?

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  The Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who had been in a Caracas hospital battling complications after cancer treatment in Cuba, died of a massive heart attack on 5 March at age 58. The day after his death, throngs of Venezuelans flocked to the streets lining the route between the military hospital and the military academy,…

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Eritrea – Under Siege

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  “Operation Forto” is the name given to the incident that happened on January 21st    this year, which shook the regime of Isayas Afeworki to its core. Foreign media spoke of a “failed coup”. However, the government downplayed Operation Forto, as “a coup which never existed”.  Our correspondent reports.Residents in the capital Asmara were unaware…

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Peace in African proverbs

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  Proverbs, expressions of experiences that left signs on the life and soul of humanity, mark a field of action, indicate a path, point to a danger, and underline a contradiction. So, when the wisdom of a people affirms: It is impossible to make peace with a sword (Kongo – DR Congo) and sustains: War…

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Trees of peace: wild fig, olive, acacia, …

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  In the forests that surround Lake Victoria there grows a plant called murembe. The Idakho and Isukha – two ethnic groups of the Kenyan district of Kakamega – consider it a sacred tree. Murembe also means peace and is used to exchange greetings or to begin a conversation aiming to foster a new friendship…

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Elders as peacemakers

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  In traditional African societies, elders have always played an important role in maintaining peace and fostering reconciliation among the communities. We look at two ethnic groups: the Agìkùyù and the Samburu of Kenya.To become an elder one must pass through all rites of passage from birth to old age. Among the Agìkùyù of Kenya…

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Africa – The Culture of Peace

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  All daily habits of African people are deeply infused with a culture of peace. The language of peace is found everywhere, in: crafts, songs, dances, proverbs, and prayers. Every community has a “culture of peace” which is cherished as a good way of living. The Burkinabé historian Joseph Ki-Zerbo said: “African culture is based…

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Let us break the chains!

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  The Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) and the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (White Sisters) are commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Campaign against the Slave Trade in Africa begun by their founder, Cardinal Lavigerie Charles. Our correspondent in Rome talked with Fr. Richard Baawobr, Superior General of the Missionaries of Africa.…

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Madagascar – A good friend

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  Father Pedro Pablo Opeka is a Lazarist missionary who was born in 1948 in a suburb of Buenos Aires. He has always worked with the poor, in Argentina at first, then, since 1975, in Madagascar. Here he founded the humanitarian association Akamasoa (‘good friend’ in the local language) which has helped some 500,000 people…

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Pope Francis – Expectations from around the world

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  We asked some bishops, local priests, and missionaries around Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, about their expectations from a Pope coming from the world’s south. A struggle for democracy and freedom, communion with the poor and the defenceless, commitment to dialogue among faiths and ethnic communities: this should be the basis…

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Pope Francis – A light to the poor people on earth

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  Meeting the needs of the poor, a simple lifestyle, evangelic freedom, openness to dialogue. These are some of the features of the new pope according to Monsignor Bruno Forte, Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto (Italy). What can be said about Pope Francis’ first acts?I think he wanted to send, from the beginning, a message of unity,…

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Advocacy

Jesuits Good Practice Against Land Grabbing.

Any advocacy should be based on the credibility that increases positions and proposals. And it should be truly carried out in the best interests of…

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Baobab

The Leopard and the Rabbit.

Once upon a time the Leopard lived in a small house far way in the bush. After thinking for a long time he decided to look…

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis: “Colombia needs young people who know how to…

In Bogota, Pope Francis meets more than 20,000 young people gathered in Bolivar Square. He said to them: “ Help us to enter, help us who…

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