Africa. Puppet Theatre.

The roots of puppet shows in Africa are as old as the myths and legends. Today, they are used very much in education but also as a way to condemn political power and corruption. According to a myth of the Ibibio people of south-east Nigeria, the puppet theatre was born in the land of the…

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Ethiopia. A Divided Country.

Ethiopia is passing through a period of turmoil due to ethnic tensions. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has just resigned. The new prime minster will be elected this month. The role of the Army. The country has a population of 105,350,000 people. 34.4% of them are Oromos, 27% are Amharas, 6.2% are Somalis, 6.1% are Tigrays;…

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Chad. At The Heart Of The People.

A tiny group of Christians in a predominantly Moslem environment, determined to forge ties of friendship and dialogue in a society that still bears the wounds of thirty years of civil war. A Comboni Missionary community tells its story. Abéché town is on the doorstep of the desert in eastern Chad. Just l.1% are Christians,…

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Morocco. Between Islamic Radicalization And Narco-Jihadism.

After the phenomenon of Moroccan foreign fighters joining the ranks of the Islamic State, now the jihadist threat comes mainly from the Sahel, where Al-Qā’ida in the Islamic Maghreb has consolidated its power and where it is exploiting the networks of Moroccan drug trafficking to self-finance. Morocco is considered one of the main exporters of…

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Africa. Beyond Conflict diamonds.

The conflict diamonds issue is dying down, but new challenges are emerging. Will Africa be able to add value to the rough product ? Will the industry be able to cope with the threat of synthetic diamonds ? Should there be a new role for the Kimberley Process ? Nearly 16 years after the creation of the Kimberley…

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Burkina Faso. Believing In The Future By Betting On Agriculture.

Land grabbing and the scarce revenue generated by agriculture are forcing Burkinabe farmers off their land. The De La Salle Brothers in Burkina Faso have launched a project called the Lasallian Centre for Training in Agricultural Skills (CLIMA, from its French acronym ) in order to make agriculture, the primary sector in the country, attractive.…

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Kenya/Tharaka. Cries Of Joy.

The Tharaka are one of the nine ethnic groups that make up the Meru of Kenya. They number 100,000 and occupy the low plains between the slopes of Mount Kenya to the west and the upper River Tana to the east. They perform the following rites at the birth of a child. When a child…

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Mauritania. The Forgotten Slaves.

At recent EU-AU summit of Abidjan, much attention was focussed on the tragedy of migrants sold as slaves in Libya, revealed by CNN. But for Mauritanian abolition campaigner Biram Dah Abeid, this is only the tip of the iceberg. In his country alone, there are half a million slaves… The tragedy of the migrants sold…

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Madagascar. Games: Ties Of Friendship.

Every year, young students from Madagascar participate in the sports and cultural competitions that take place on the occasion of the National Days of Catholic Education. Inhabitants of Toamasina, the populous port city of eastern Madagascar, formerly known as Tamatave, are not particularly interested in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. They are much fonder…

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Uganda. The Ganda Tradition.

The Baganda or Ganda are the largest single ethnic group in Uganda representing approximately 20% of Uganda’s total 34.7 million population. They occupy the central part of the country which was formerly called the Buganda province. They are a Bantu-speaking people and their language is called Luganda. We look at some traditional aspects of this…

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Burkina Faso. ‘The Ants Can Carry An Elephant’.

The Mossi are the most numerous ethnic group in Burkina Faso with 6.2 million members making up 40% of the population. Mossi wisdom notes. For the Mossi, wisdom consists in respecting traditional practices and customs. ‘If you go to a village and find everyone walking heads down, do the same yourself ‘, and do not…

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The Unaccepted Advocacy Precursors.

The tenure of agricultural land is at the core of many disputes and advocacy actions nowadays. The common lands tenure is foreseen as the only way…

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How The Stars Were Born.

One day, two friends named Ebopp and Mbaw went off in search of a good site to establish a farm with fine fields of grain and peanuts. …

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis. Young People, “Important Responsibility Inside The Church”.

In his message for the next World Youth Day, of March 25th ,the Pope called upon young people not to be closed in the digital rationale…

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