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News & Analysis | September 2015

Mozambique. Government imposes ProSavana agricultural project on farmers.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in Mozambique (MASA) is to grant 102 thousand square kilometers of fertile land (more than 10 million hectares of land) to the private Consortium ProSavana, an agriculture project of the governments of Mozambique, Brazil and Japan. Activists…

Dossier

Myanmar. Kachin, the forgotten people

Kachin people are one among many racial groups in Myanmar (Burma), South East Asia, and were a nomadic community. They had a separate country before British rule but then it became a part of Myanmar after their regime. It is located in the northern part of Myanmar adjoining the Peoples Republic of China in the East,…

The Conflict in Kachin Land

The Kachin people were living between the Burmese and Chinese Kingdoms as if sandwiched between these two powers.Whenever the Burmese kings wanted to cross to China, they had to consult with the Kachin chiefs first. Living in this buffer zone, the Kachin people controlled this borderland from time immemorial and during the pre-colonial era the Kachin…

The Problems: economic and social perspectives

Farming is a way of life for all Kachins and even the Chief is an agriculturist but has no specialization. The Kachins do the following: their main livelihood is agriculture, they have animals like pigs, goats and so on for supplementary income. They are also hunters and manufacturing was virtually unknown until recently. In common with…

The Catholic Church

The early works the Catholic Mission in Kachin Land can be traced back to the time of the great legendary missionary Bishop Paul Ambrose Bigandet MEP (Missions Etrangers de Paris), the Foreign Mission Society of Paris. He was then the vicar of Pegu, lower Burma, under the Colonial English Rule and the vicar of Ava which was…

Churches

Uganda. Radio Pacis: “We go Forward”

The only FM radio station operating in the West Nile region and…

Kenya. Giving back the dignity

Kibera is one of the largest slums on the outskirts of Nairobi.…

Monsignor Christophe Munzihirwa. The saint of Africa

At the end of June, in a letter, the Archbishop of Bukavu,…

The Pope in Cuba. A new wind is…

The Argentine Pontiff will be the third Pope to travel to Cuba…

Culture

Music. To touch everybody

A tribute to women and Africa marks the comeback of Dobet…

Book review. At the root of the 'resource curse'

The exploitation of natural resources, from diamond to oil, is among…

Africa. Warbugia ugandensis: a miraculous plant

Warburgia ugandensis (family Canellaceae) is also known as the 'Uganda Green…

Burma. Pa-O. The forgotten People

The traditions and customs of the ethnic group Pa-O are little…

Opinion & Comment

Economics of climate change: the ecological debt ?

Climate change has many dimensions: physical, social, political and also economical. Mitigation is a challenge to…

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Elections in Myanmar. The difficult road to democracy

The much-hyped polls to the 664-member Parliament - finally fixed for 8 November 2015 - will…

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Advocacy

Uganda. Justice and Peace Centre

John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre (JPIIJPC) is a consortium of five Religious institutes: Missionaries of Africa, Mill Hill, Comboni Missionaries, Holy Cross, Jesuits,…

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Baobab

Hippopotamus, Elephant and Spider

Once upon a time, long ago, there was a terrible famine. The crops had failed and there was no food to be had on either…

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Youth & Mission

To give purpose and meaning to human existence.

The peace and compassion, freedom and dignity championed by Jesus of Nazareth, are ideals that give purpose and meaning to human existence. Slavery, the selling or…

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