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Yearly Archives: 2017

Central Africa Region. Under threat of falling behind permanently, warns UNDP.

Central Africa is falling behind all the other regions of the continent and risks to lag behind permanently if things do not change, warns the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in a recent report. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has raised the alarm in a recent report titled “Central Africa: a sub-region falling behind?”.…

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UAE. Foreign Policy and Security.

The United Arab Emirates has been pursuing a very active foreign policy to combat political Islam in all its forms. The Muslim Brotherhood is its main target, and the Federation has therefore found itself at odds with Qatar – but also Saudi Arabia. The United Arab Emirates have taken a more pragmatic approach in foreign…

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Colombia. Mission in conflict zones.

The city of Tumaco has been the theatre of clashes between criminal gangs for the control of the drug market. Nevertheless there are those who have chosen to remain, to grow in faith with the local people and to respond to numerous social challenges. The testimony of a young Comboni Missionary. When I arrived for…

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Mexico. Cosmovision and colours

The purple, carmín (deep red) and blue were very popular colours among ancient inhabitants of Mexico because they were associated with the population’s cosmovision. Colours were often symbols of power, strength, nobility, fertility, territory and culture. The three colours are of indigenous origin and today they are used in many communities to dye traditional garments…

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The joy of life

One of the most exciting things about growing up is realizing just how much there is for us in life. “I want it all and I want it now”, just about sums it up. The joy of life and of what is beautiful and of what makes us feel good is all there for us…

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Ezekiel Ramin, a martyr of advocacy.

Advocacy is a process that impacts, in an organized and systematic way, public interest issues. It speaks in defense of human, economical and political rights and ensures change where there is injustice. In Brazil, the issue of land has been one main rights issue, but it did not enter into the political agenda for many…

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UAE. Economic progress and its Contradictions.

Until the 1930’s, and reaching a peak in 1929, pearl fishing brought considerable wealth to the Emirates. The bankers on Wall Street and maharajas of India held pearls in high esteem and that helped build the roots of finance and trade of the present day UAE. Yet, the combination of the Great Depression after the…

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The United Arab Emirates, the Individualist of the Gulf Petromonarchies.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country in the southeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, in southwest Asia. It consists of seven absolute monarchies known as emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaima, Sharja and Umm al-Qaywayn. Before 1971, they were known as the ‘Trucial States’, owing to a truce that the British…

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Syria. Giving communities a future.

Five years of war, which included the use of chemical weapons, have produced death and destruction. The Catholic Church continues to help both the Christian and Muslim communities. We spoke with Msgr. Antoine Audo, Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo. What is the situation like for Christians in Syria today? Some fanatics  would like to expel Christians…

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UAE. Division of Powers.

The UAE is one of the youngest nations in the Middle East. It has an estimated population of some 9.5 million, a high percentage (over 80%) of which is formed by expatriates operating in different economic sectors. Even though it is a rich state thanks to oil – the UAE has diversified its economy, becoming…

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Botswana. Bushmen: in search of the lost land.

Ten years after a historic verdict, which, in theory, allowed the Bushmen of the Kalahari reserve to return to their land and to their ancestral life-style, the Botswana government continues to put prohibited measures in place in order to stop them from doing so.  The African sunlight is intense and the old hunter squints to…

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Ghana. Damba, a thanksgiving festival.

Each year, around May, the Gonjas people of Ghana’s Northern Region celebrate  the Damba festival, where Islam and indigenous customs come together. Three days of events and celebrations. To remember the past but also to discuss  currents issues. Bole is a small town and is the capital of Bole district, in the Northern Region of…

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Advocacy

Ezekiel Ramin, a martyr of advocacy.

Advocacy is a process that impacts, in an organized and systematic way, public interest issues. It speaks in defense of human, economical and political rights…

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Baobab

The tortoise and the drum

One day, the tortoise was walking along a forest path when he came across a palm tree that had plenty of palm kernel fruits. The tortoise…

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Youth & Mission

The joy of life

One of the most exciting things about growing up is realizing just how much there is for us in life. “I want it all and I…

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