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News & Analysis | July 2016

Ivory Coast. Lost childhoods behind chocolate.

The number of children working in the cocoa fields continues to increase. Exploitation and hazardous labour are the bitter taste of cocoa. Arouna,12, works in a chocolate field in the southwest of Ivory Coast. "I have to get up early every morning to reach…

Dossier

Benin. The Fon: a proud people

The Fon people are the largest ethnic group of Benin, and make up 39% of an estimated population of 10 million inhabitants. Fon is also a language, one of the most popular in Benin, not only because of the numerical strength of this group, but also because these people are scattered throughout several regions of the country,…

Cosmogony and anthropology of the Adja-Fon.

The cosmogony of the Adja-Fon people is hierarchical and spiritualist. It implies a hierarchy of beings, and the separation of the cosmos (Weke in the Fon language) into two worlds: the visible and the invisible, the material and the spiritual. The invisible world, somehow, is considered more important than the visible one. It is based on the…

The spiritual world and the dead.

The deceased protect and reward those who are faithful to and pray for them. They provide happiness, health, money, children and prosperity. The deceased punish, instead, those who ignore them, through diseases, infertility and even violent or unexpected deaths. Life, among the Fon people therefore, does not end with death, but continues in another realm. Death does not…

The Fon marriage.

Marriage implies a gradual preparation of the couple for married life, and the deepening of the relationship between the spouses and their reciprocal families. Most marriages are arranged by families, because these are events that involve the entire community. When the parents of a boy or a boy himself are interested in marrying a girl, the father…

Churches

DR. of Congo. The smiling faces of people

For more than twenty years now, Brother Richard Hardi, a medical ophthalmologist,…

Philippines. The Coloured Houses for abandoned children.

To go beyond peripheries into “no man’s land” – the dark corners,…

Brazil. The Gospel of Mercy Behind bars.

A Comboni Missionary for more than thirty years, he defends the human…

Brazil. The green movement for the Amazon.

A Bishop fighting against the deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. A hospital…

Culture

Ecuador. The Puruhaes’ concept of Sumak Kawsay.

The Puruhaes are an indigenous people who live in the provinces…

Mozambique. In the shadow of the Baobab.

One day a group of young people gathered under a Baobab…

Germaine Acogny. 'The dance of being'.

Choreographer Germaine Acogny, who runs the Ecole des Sables in Senegal,…

Uganda. ‘Imbalu’. The Pride of Bamasaaba.

The Masaba people, or Bamasaaba, live in the Eastern Ugandan districts…

Opinion & Comment

Governments and business must do more to combat Africa's biggest…

The biggest threat to peace and development in Africa is not terrorism, drought, HIV/AIDS or malaria.…

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Hissèn Habré’s conviction: The beginning of Africa’s solutions to Africa’s…

On the 30th of May 2016, an Extraordinary African Chambers in Dakar, Senegal, convicted and sentenced…

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Advocacy

Native American tribes against a North Dakota oil pipeline.

On April 1st 2016 dozens of tribal members from several Native American nations took to horseback to protest against the proposed construction of an oil…

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Baobab

Why the Monkey has no home

In the old days monkeys used to live together in the forest as one clan. Anything they did, was done collectively. There were no small groups.…

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Youth & Mission

To live a safe life of value, fulfilment and dignity.…

A society without respect and openness to accept and listen to children and youth is like a land without water- everything dies. Parents, relatives and enlightened community…

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