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Africa

Black Beauty. An African Perspective.

Africans have a big and rich diversity of cultures, beliefs, languages and ways of life. From this background the conception of beauty is not uniform throughout the continent. Two big parameters can be used as a bridge and offer a unified perspective: the different relevance given to external and internal beauty In some African cultures,…

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Former British Cameroon On The Verge Of A “Low-Intensity War”.

Tensions are rising since end 2016 in the English-speaking part of the country. Local bishops deplore a « barbaric » repression A curfew has been imposed at Bamenda, the capital of the English-speaking North-West of Cameroon, on the last 13 November after the explosion of four homemade bombs triggered by cell phones. One exploded near the police…

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Harpagophytum procumbens. An Anti-inflammatory Desert Plant.

It belongs to the Pedaliaceae plant family and is commonly referred to as devil’s claw, grapple plant, or wood spider. It is a rare, highly valuable plant which is only found widely spread in the Kalahari desert of Southern Africa especially in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Harpagophytum procumbens is a ground…

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Kenya. The Borana People: The Naming Ceremony.

Gubissa, the naming ceremony for the eldest son, is an important moment of the social life of the Borana people, an ethnic group living in northern Kenya. The celebration is held between six months and two years after the baby’s birth. Eight days before the ceremony, a large hut, the galma, is built and the…

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Mozambique. Formation In The Shadow Of The Port.

The Nacala Women’s Polytechnic School, which is run by the Comboni Missionary Sisters, was established about twenty years ago and it has become a reference point in the country. Its goal is to provide Mozambican women with education, a challenge in a country where girls have difficulties in accessing quality education. The city of Nacala…

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Rwanda. Do Banks Hold A responsibility In The Genocide ?

The French justice will investigate on accusations against BNP Paribas’s financing of weapons which may have been used to perpetrated the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.  Other banks may have to respond to similar charges. Twenty-three years after the genocide of the Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda, the fight of the survivors and of the…

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Malawi. Journey Into The Chewa Cultural Heritage.

Malawi is a country with over 10 tribes each with different cultural traditions and beliefs. Historically almost all Malawian tribes migrated from somewhere else with the indigenous ‘Akafula’ or ‘dwarfs’ being the original tribes. The Chewa tribe is the country’s largest, accounting for 34.1 percent of the 16 million people.  The second biggest tribe is…

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Egypt. Sharing Devotion.

Places sacred to both Christians and Moslems where the faithful tend to join together and pray. Moslem devotion to Our Lady. Christians who visit the holy tombs of Moslems to beg their intercession, Moslems making votive offerings in the place where Mary gave birth to Jesus: these practices were widespread in Mediterranean countries during the…

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Nigeria: The Need For A Political Cure.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent health problems led to the emergence of Nigeria’s health problems. This African country showed some weak spots that could cause instability if the transition of powers at the top levels of the state does not run smoothly.   In 2017 Muhammadu Buhari first left for London on 21st January. His…

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Kenya/Borana. Restore Peace.

Among the Borana, an ethnic group that lives in northern Kenya, there are three funeral celebrations: the day of the burial, two weeks after the death and one year later. The role of the eldest son. The meaning of the sacrifices. The Borana believe that, at death, the body, nafa, separates itself from life, lubu.…

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D.R.Congo. Stones Turn Into Bread.

In Kinshasa, a stone quarry provides work for dozens of people but the work is extremely hard – also for the women and children. The site is guarded by soldiers and impossible to approach. We have met some of the workers. It is not only gold and precious minerals that have value. In the Democratic…

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Marriage & Installation of Chiefs.

The Chewa people are the matrilineal society where married men are used to playing a marginal role. Marriages follow a matriarchal system where the man moves from his parents and lives with his wife at her parents’ home. When a man has found a woman to marry, he tells his uncles who will pass on…

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Advocacy

The Fight of Larzac

Land grabbing is a phenomenon whose extent, rhythm, and continuity are becoming a threat: at least 50 million hectares of agricultural land was sold or…

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Baobab

Nigeria. The Mother’s Song

A long time ago, in the outskirts of Jago village, there lived a lioness and her cub, whose name was Kayo. The lioness was very fond…

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Youth & Mission

The Pope Announces A Meeting Of Young People Ahead Of…

The Pope announced that from 19 to 24 March 2018 - in view of the Synod of Bishops on young people in the following October -…

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