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Monthly Archives: September 2013

A new front in Eastern Congo

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  Tensions between Kigali and Kinshasa and fightings between the UN and M23 rebels have eclipsed the opening of a new front in Eastern Congo, at the feet of the Ruwenzori Mountains. Since early July 2013, there has been a resurge of activities from the Alliance of Democratic Forces-National Army for the Liberation of Uganda…

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Mexico – The tragedy of the desaparecidos

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  Over the past six years more than 26 thousand people have disappeared in Mexico. A crime that is ignored and downplayed Forced disappearances are not new in Mexico. The was a huge number of desaparecidos, Spanish for “the disappeared,” during the 1968-1971 repression. What is happening now, however, is beyond limits and is raising…

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Chinese took over Congo’s giant diamond deposits

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 After having obtained a privileged access to Katanga’s copper and cobalt reserves, China has won control of the main diamond deposits of the country. Five years after a consortium led by the state companies China Railways and Sinohydro signed a 6 billion dollars mines for infrastructures contract, which gives them access to 10 million tons…

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Burundi at crossroads

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  Despite the laying down of arms by Burundi’s last rebel group, the National Front for Liberation (FNL), in 2005 the country has been tinkering between peace and war since the disputed 2010 elections. Opposition leaders, who had fled the country, have returned home to prepare for the 2015 polls, whose outcome may return the…

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The rehabilitation of child soldiers

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The rehabilitation of child soldiers is the most difficult aspect. It is an attempt to give a different future to boys and girls marked by terrible experiences. After the end of several conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa, tens of thousands of child soldiers were sent home. Very often, however, these children, recruited in refugee camps, do…

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Latin America & Asia

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Colombia’s largest rebel organization has stepped up the recruitment of children to boost its weakened fighting units even as it negotiates with the government an end to a half century of conflict. It talks peace with the government, according to child welfare workers and human rights organisations. “As the guerrillas suffer blows and more and…

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Africa – Armies and rebels

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 Africa has the largest number of child soldiers, around 120,000. They are being used in armed conflicts in the Central African Republic, Chad, the DRC, Somalia, and Sudan. In the DRC, thousands of children are fighting. Different groups of rebels are particularly active in North and South Kivu recruiting children. Eyewitnesses confirmed the presence of…

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Child Soldiers – The deadly game

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 Najat was 15 years old and had never used a gun. One day a man came to his village, not far from El Fascher in Darfur (Sudan), and asked him if he wanted to earn some money. Najat and his cousin Waleed with other boys and a few girls followed the man. They arrived in…

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Pope: “The Church’s missionary spirit is a testimony of a life”

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In his first message for World Mission Day, Pope Francis proposes some reflections. A synthesis of his message. This year, as we celebrate World Mission Day, the Year of Faith, which is an important opportunity to strengthen our friendship with the Lord and our journey as a Church that preaches the Gospel with courage, comes…

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St. Daniel Comboni – The experience of holiness

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On the 10th anniversary of St. Daniel Comboni’s canonization, Father Enrique Sánchez, Superior General of the Comboni missionaries, underlines the challenges of Comboni’s holiness and its implication on the life of the missionaries. “I believe this is a good opportunity for us – writes Father Enrique – to pause for a moment and give thanks…

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Panama – The Black Christ of Portobelo

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The town of Portobelo lies on the Atlantic Coast of Panama. It is a modest seaside village, squeezed tightly between thick jungle and the blue Caribbean Sea. The homes are made of clapboard and built around and among the ruins of what was one of Spain’s richest and liveliest ports from mid 16th to early…

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Brazil – the other economy

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Mons. Pedro Casaldáliga, bishop emeritus of São Félix do Araguaia, Brazil, gives us the meaning of the ‘other economy’, which “cannot be merely economic. It has to be integral, ecological, and intercultural, at the service of Living Well and Living Well Together, in building human completeness” When we talk about the “Other Economy,” we are…

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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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