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South Sudan. The Nuer.The Traditional Marriage

The Nuer are a tribe of South Sudan numbering about two million people. It comprises four sections: Nuer-Bentiu, Nuer-Fangak, Nuer-Ikany, Nuer-Lou. We look at the traditional marriage among the Nuer-Gawar that belongs to the Nuer-Fangak.  When the  boy expresses his desire to get married and it’s agreed upon in the family, he makes the proposal…

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Nigeria. The Danger Of Secession

The survival of Nigeria as we know it now is increasingly put into question by separatist movements. Even if it is difficult to assess the real consistence of these groups, the danger cannot be underestimated. The ghost of a war fought almost fifty years ago is haunting Nigeria. In 1967 the declaration of independence of…

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DR.Congo. New Focus Of Crisis In Western Congo.

While rebellions still rage in Eastern Congo and Kasai,  tensions are rising in the Western Province of  Kongo Central.    Over the last two decades, the eastern part of the country has been the main focus of crisis, the trigger of several wars and still remains the sanctuary of dozens of national and foreign rebel groups.…

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Catharanthus roseus. An Anti-Cancer Plant.

It is one of the well-known medicinal plants that has its origin from the continent of Africa. The plant is commonly known as the Madagascar periwinkle or basically Vinca Rosea. It is a tender, perennial plant, which grows as a herb or sub-shrub sprawling along the ground or standing erect and growing to approximately 1 metre…

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Uganda. The Runyege Dance Would Earn You A Wife In Tooro.

Tooro Kingdom which is one of the four traditional Kingdoms in Uganda is located in the western part of Uganda with Fort Portal town as its Capital. The Kingdom was once part of the large empire of Kitara under the reign of the Babito Dynasty. We look at the runyege dance which is a courtship…

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Mozambique. The Hakumana Centre: An Always Open Inn

The HIV plague is severely affecting young people but even more women, who are also victims of violence and outrage. A religious institution has established the Hakumana project (which means ‘let’s meet’ in the Ronga language) in order to face these challenges. We went to visit the Hakumana centre. At the entrance door, under the…

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Kenya. The Borana People. Getting Married.

Marriage among the Borana people, an ethnic group living in northern Kenya, requires a long period of preparation and it is characterized by several phases. Among the Borana people marriage is preceded by several stages and long negotiations, which can go on even for two years,. The boy’s father takes the first step by visiting…

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Africa. Urban Conflicts Scenarios.

Analysts said that in the future conflicts (especially internal wars) will be fought more and more in urban areas. How are governments, international institutions ready to answer to these new challenges? How will urbanization impact on security in Africa? On a geopolitical level one of the major ongoing trends worldwide is urbanisation. And that is…

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Sudan. Expecting Nothing.

In  Nyala,  in South Darfur in the south-west of Sudan, mission is just a presence and silent witness; a mission without much visibility or spectacle, in quietness; a mission where one cannot expect great personal gratification. A testimony of a Comboni Missionary.  I knew him by sight. He is seen daily in the city of…

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The Troubled Waters Of The Nile.

The basin of the Nile is the turf of different wars between the riverine states. The main conflict is between Egypt and Ethiopia, but there are other disputes that, on a lesser level, put the relations between these countries at risk. It is important to be aware of a situation that could be more destabilizing…

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Arabic World. The Choices In Life.

A Comboni Missionary, who has been living in the Arabic world for almost 25 years, talks about his origin and how he feels working among Christians and Muslims. “My missionary experience changed from trying to proclaim values and to enlighten, into asking questions and accompanying people to reflect about realistic choices in life. A life…

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Advocacy

Jesuits Good Practice Against Land Grabbing.

Any advocacy should be based on the credibility that increases positions and proposals. And it should be truly carried out in the best interests of…

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Baobab

The Leopard and the Rabbit.

Once upon a time the Leopard lived in a small house far way in the bush. After thinking for a long time he decided to look…

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis: “Colombia needs young people who know how to…

In Bogota, Pope Francis meets more than 20,000 young people gathered in Bolivar Square. He said to them: “ Help us to enter, help us who…

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