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News & Analysis | February 2016

Burkina Faso. Labour in the gold mines ...

Thousands of people labour in the gold mines of Burkina Faso. Working conditions are miserable and many children risk their lives. The sun has not risen yet and Jean Pierre is already walking along the dirty road that leads to the mine. Another day has…

Dossier

Eritrea. A desolate country

Eritrea is a small country in Eastern Africa situated along the Dead Sea coast. Its unique strategic location has for centuries made it a meeting place for Arab and African cultures as well as that of the Christian and Muslim religions. Even though the country is very small in size - 121,144 square kilometers - it…

The Political Situation

Most of the Eritrean People never regretted their independence from Ethiopia, and  their thereby becoming a sovereign country among the other nations. They also appreciated the heroes who brought about national freedom. At this moment in time most of the Eritrean people are fed up and would like this government to go. The fighters with the…

The Socio-Economic Situation

The first years after the independence there was regular economic growth, but with the outbreak of the border war with Ethiopia (1998-2000) the Socio-Economic Situation in Eritrea went into disarray. Since then the situation has deteriorated a lot. Due to the unlimited period of military service for most of the men, the continuous exodus of the…

The Catholic Church

The Catholic Church arrived in this land with St Justin de Jacobis, (affectionately known as Abune Yacob by the local people). A native of Naples (Italy) and member of the Congregation of the Mission of St. Vincent de Paul, he reached Eritrea and northern Ethiopia in 1839. This was fifty years before the Italians established their…

Churches

Brazil. Catadores. A path of dignity.

The waste pickers in Marco Moura on the outskirts of Santa Rita,…

Dominican Republic. Network of participation

Political and economic inequality. Narco-trafficking and violence. The Church answers by organizing…

Brazil. The living sign of mercy

The visits to prisoners are one of the works of mercy, the…

South Sudan. Between tenderness and testimony.

A Comboni missionary living in South Sudan, a conflict-torn country, talks to…

Culture

Book Review. Eritrea at a Crossroads

Few State  are, at the same time, so relevant for the…

Music. Souad Massi meets the “Masters of the Word”

“The fruit of silence - an old Arab saying goes -…

Africa. Vernonia amygdalina. The bitter leaf

Vernonia amygdalina, (family Astaraceae) is a medicinal herb commonly known as…

Benin. The Gelede masks: a treasure of tradition

Masks, magical movements, singing: the wisdom of the village is passed…

Opinion & Comment

Iran, Saudi Arabia: the Tragic Dawn of 2016

The sudden muscled escalation between the Saudis and the Iranians at the beginning of 2016 is…

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Saudi Arabia and Iran battle for dominion of Islamic world

The emerging clash between Saudi Arabia and Iran has certain political and economic motives: differing positions…

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Advocacy

International conferences. Are they a tool of advocacy?

A special pan-African five-day conference on land grabbing and just governance in Africa was held in Nairobi, Kenya last November (22nd to 26th), just a…

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Baobab

When Elephant was King.

At the beginning of time, before people lived on the earth, all the animals of the bush lived together under one king. That king was Elephant. King…

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Youth & Mission

The Injustice that Causes Poverty.

The world economic trade system is constantly depriving the poor of land and livelihood, fairness is excluded and corruption and exploitation take over the world. This evil…

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