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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Africa Needs Diversification.

The last 20 years have been progressive for sub-Sahara Africa, according to Jean Claude Bastos de Morais of the Quantum Global Group. The explosion of economic parameters, advancement in the healthcare sector, and improvement in the standard of living of North Africans have driven up social indicators. This has been possible through proper channelling of…

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Kenya. At A Turning Point?

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, the chief opposition leader, met in Nairobi, on 9th March.  In the words of the two politicians, this meeting marks the beginning of the end of the political turmoil that destabilized Kenya. But there are still some obstacles to the reconciliation process. The situation in Kenya started to…

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A Truly Indian Church.

The start of the year was characterised by an important series of events for the Indian Catholic Church, which organises 1.5 per cent of the population: 20 million faithful who follow three different rites: Latin (the majority), Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara. On 8 February, the bishops, gathered for their biannual plenary session in the southern city…

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The Challenges and Opportunities of Young People in the World Today.

At the end of pre-synod meeting, (Roma 19-24 March), more than 300 young people from different cultural and religious backgrounds, have released a document. It is divided into three sections: the challenges and opportunities of young people; faith, vocation, discernment and accompaniment and the Church’s formative and pastoral activities. A synthesis of the first part.…

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Brazil. The Forest And The Little Monkey

The sun rises above the Amazon rainforest and the huge, evergreen trees allow rays of light to pass between their leaves and paint the forest floor in dappled shadows.  In one of the taller trees, little monkey Dora is waking up.  Dora is a pretty little monkey with brown hair and a long tail.  She…

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The Seychelles. A Debt Paid, An Ecosystem Protected …

A string of private financiers has met a considerable part of the public debt of the Seychelles in exchange for the creation of two large protected areas. This is the first time this financing technique has been used to protect a marine ecosystem. The Seychelles plan to restructure their public debt by protecting the Indian…

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Africa. Amulets For Luck And Protection …

Amulets are an important part of an African’s life, from birth to death. They are obligatorily worn in some stages of life and are considered sacred objects in African culture. Rebel groups have used amulets to make child soldiers believe they were invulnerable. Traditional medicine has always been an integral part of African culture. It…

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Nigeria. “I Kept My Trust In The Lord”.

Rebecca Bitrus, a former Boko Haram captive, shares with us her experience but above all the strength of her faith during captivity – and how she managed to survive. She speaks slowly. In her right hand she holds a Rosary. It is difficult for her to speak of her past. For two years she was…

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Africa. Chinese Appetite For Minerals Is Boosting Railway Projects.

China’s and other emerging countries’ appetite for raw materials is causing a railway mania in Africa and is transforming it into a new frontier. Over the last few years, Africa has become a new frontier with the resumption of the construction of new railway lines or the rehabilitation of existing ones. In January 2018, the…

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Herbs & People. Aspilia Africana: The Unique Anti-Haemorrhage Plant.

The plant is commonly found distributed in the Sub-Saharan Africa. It is widely gathered from the wild and used locally in traditional medicine. Aspilia Africana C.D. Adams (Family Asteraceae)   enjoys a folk reputation in African traditional medicine due to its unique ability to treat numerous disease conditions. The plant is commonly referred to as the…

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Advocating From The Bottom Up

It all started when someone stood up saying, “In Liberia there is private land, public land, community’s land and Government’s land”. Surprised I investigated and I found an amazing answer. I was brought back to when “The statutory tenure system was introduced in the early 1800s by the American Colonization Society (ACS), which purchased land…

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The women Condition.

On 11 October 2017, the Supreme Court of India deliberated that sexual relations with a minor between 15 and 18 years of age within matrimony is yet to be seen as sexual violence and asked the government to promote an initiative accordingly. According to the Court, a sentence of ten years to life imprisonment, as…

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Advocacy

The 'No' to Injustice.

"We are the 'No' that God scrawls on the wall," said Cardinal Joseph Tobin, addressing a gathering of Faith leaders in Newark. He had first voiced that…

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Baobab

How The Monkeys Saved The Fish.

The rainy season that year had been the strongest ever and the river had broken its banks. There were floods everywhere and the animals were all…

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Youth & Mission

The Planet Is Our Home.

It surrounds us, It is in every place we go, on the street, on the beach or the woods. We see it when we climb a…

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