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Monthly Archives: September 2017

El Salvador. He was still wearing his green shirt and purple trousers.

Each day thousands of mothers search for their lost children in the hospitals, morgues and clandestine cemeteries. Some never lose hope; others have no more tears to shed. The last time Isela saw the face of her son was in a photograph. Denys was wearing a long-sleeved green shirt and purple trousers; the clothes he…

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ISIS Might be Defeated but the Challenge for Iraq is Just Beginning.

The Iraqi army and the various militias that support it, have stormed the town of Ayadiya, about 15 kilometers north of Tel Afar. This is the last Islamic State (IS) stronghold in the governorate (province) of Nineveh. Nineveh province, whose capital is Mosul, was once best known for its Assyrian ruins, in the north of…

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Mozambique. The Hakumana Centre: An Always Open Inn

The HIV plague is severely affecting young people but even more women, who are also victims of violence and outrage. A religious institution has established the Hakumana project (which means ‘let’s meet’ in the Ronga language) in order to face these challenges. We went to visit the Hakumana centre. At the entrance door, under the…

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Kenya. The Borana People. Getting Married.

Marriage among the Borana people, an ethnic group living in northern Kenya, requires a long period of preparation and it is characterized by several phases. Among the Borana people marriage is preceded by several stages and long negotiations, which can go on even for two years,. The boy’s father takes the first step by visiting…

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China. Behind the military base in Djibouti.

The Chinese-built Doraleh port in Djibouti, adds a new dimension to China’s role in the most tangible of ways: an adjacent military base, which represents Beijing’s first permanent overseas installation and may bring an end to its long-held policy of “non-intervention” across the African continent, from the Horn of Africa to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).…

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Centella Asiatica. A ‘Fountain of Life’ Herb.

It is one of the unique medicinal plants that has been in used since prehistoric times. It continues to draw worldwide attention for its roles in the treatment of mild and chronic diseases. The Centella asiatica plant has been used in the treatment of numerous diseases for thousands of years and continues to draw worldwide…

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Towards A Synod For The Peoples Of Amazonia.

Pope Francis strongly desires it. The bishops outline guidelines. In all probability, Pope Francis will make the announcement next January when he is visiting Peru. During a meeting with the bishops of Peru last May, Pope Francis told them to consider holding a Synod for the peoples of Amazonia. At present, the people and nations…

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Africa. Urban Conflicts Scenarios.

Analysts said that in the future conflicts (especially internal wars) will be fought more and more in urban areas. How are governments, international institutions ready to answer to these new challenges? How will urbanization impact on security in Africa? On a geopolitical level one of the major ongoing trends worldwide is urbanisation. And that is…

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‘Unity In Diversity’.

As an archipelago of 17,000 islands, the geographical and cultural bridge between the Far East and southern Asia and from there towards the Middle Eastern world, the link-country between the Asian world and that of the Pacific, in its meeting and amalgamation of culture, trade and ideologies, possesses an essential element. Indonesia still possesses the…

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There’s a crack in everything, through it light will come in.

  An article by Stefanie Glinski, credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation (Visit www.trust.org) titled “South Sudan’s women deminers brave danger to change their children’s future” is running through the web sites. It tells about the 400 to 500 deminers women, digging up remnants of past and present wars – bombs, unexploded ordnances and landmines. “Landmines have…

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Sudan. Expecting Nothing.

In  Nyala,  in South Darfur in the south-west of Sudan, mission is just a presence and silent witness; a mission without much visibility or spectacle, in quietness; a mission where one cannot expect great personal gratification. A testimony of a Comboni Missionary.  I knew him by sight. He is seen daily in the city of…

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Advocacy

Oasis in all places or the happy sobriety.

An Amerindian legend says that one day, there was a huge wildfire. All the animals gazed at the disaster terrified, distressed and helpless. Only the…

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Baobab

Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky.

Along time ago the sun and the water both lived on the earth and were very friendly. The sun often paid a visit to the house…

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Youth & Mission

The Synod on Young People: “Walking Together “.

The final document of the synod on young people has been just released. The document consists of 3 parts, 12 chapters, 167 paragraphs and 60 pages.…

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