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Dinka culture. Together as a family.

There are important values of Dinka culture and moral values for women and men. They have a tradition which allows continuity of a family from one generation to the next. Some refer to this tradition as ‘ghost marriage’. The ghost marriage requires that when a man dies or is absent  from home for a long…

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Great Lakes. Conflict minerals:Trump’s suspension of US legislation sparks outcry.

Donald Trump’s decision to suspend the conflict minerals legislation has sparked an outcry among mainly Western NGOs. “The conflicts mineral law would jeopardize the fragile peace in the Congo”. Last February, the White House leaked the draft of a presidential memorandum which provides justifications for the suspension for the next two years the Conflict Minerals…

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Morocco. Rejoins the African Union in a surprise move.

In February, the Moroccan government surprised the international community after withdrawing its troops from the disputed Guerguerat border area with Mauritania. The realpolitik of Mohammed VI. Possible negotiations between Rabat and el-Ayoun (the capital of Western Sahara). Guerguerat has effectively served as a buffer zone monitored by UN military observers. The border demarcates the division…

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Maytenus senegalensis – The magical plant.

It is used for the treatment of a number of diseases and disorders. In African traditional medicine it is one of the oldest and dates back many generations. Maytenus senegalensis (Lam.) Excell: it is commonly called Staff tree and belongs to the plant family Celastraceae. It is a shrub or a tree growing up to…

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Benin. A Bishop tells his story.

From Nigeria to Canada and back to Benin. The encounter with the dignity of a poor people, the discovery of Christian communities rich in vitality and faith. Mons. François Gnonhossou, Bishop of Dassa-Zoumè says: “ The mission does not consist in teaching the faith to another but travelling with the other on the path of…

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South Sudan. People of the people.

Though known for centuries as the Dinka, they actually call themselves Moinjaang, ‘People of the people’. The more numerous Southern Lwo branch includes peoples living in central Uganda and neighbouring sections of DR Congo and western Kenya. According to a myth held by many Dinka sections, the first people to be created by God (Nhialic)…

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The Dinka Today.

In the late 20th and early 21st century, the pressures of the conflict between Arab North and African South has imposed hardships upon the Dinka. Many have become involved in military and political resistance against Khartoum in the growing movement for southern Sudanese independence. John Garang de Mabior was a Dinka. Garang became leader of…

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Dinka Traditional Religion.

The essential features of Dinka religion fall under three headings, which may be regarded as its three principal dimensions: belief, worship and morality. Belief – Considering the Dinka as a whole, the main objects of traditional religious belief are: God, the divinities, spirits and the ancestors. Belief in God, conceived as one Supreme Personal Being,…

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Kenya. Street Children. Operation Cleaning Up.

Street children in Kenya are often a nuisance to pedestrians and shopkeepers. They are also disliked by local administrators because they are a sore sight in touristic areas. They should not be there, full stop. That’s why, once and again, local politicians state their will to clean up the scene. Safety of the public, propriety…

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Tanzania. A Church looking to the future with hope.

In 2018, the Tanzanian Church will celebrate 150 years of its presence in the country. Recalling the past when the first Missionaries of the Holy Spirit arrived in Bagamoyo helps to better face the future of the Catholic Church in Tanzania. When the first missionaries arrived in Zanzibar and then in Bagamoyo, on the shores…

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The Tunisian Paradox.

The Cradle of Secular Parliamentary Democracy Faces Daunting Obstacles. A risk to become a potential epicenter of a new wave of terrorism. The so-called Arab Spring started in Tunisia. On December 17, 2010. Mohamed Bouazizi, an underemployed, fruit vendor set himself on fire in the town of Sidi Bouzeid. He was protesting a personal humiliation…

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DR Congo. The plundering of Congolese mines.

Month after month, new revelations show that the Congolese mines continue to be plundered by a coalition of unethical miners and corrupt local officials which bizarrely remain in office. Congo is endowed with mineral riches but there is little trickling down for the people. One of the reasons is that companies do not pay to…

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Advocacy

Meetings and Words empower advocacy.

From the 16th to the 19th February, 2017 took place in Modesto, California first U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM).  Even though, Popular movements have…

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Baobab

The Goodness of Rice

A long, long time ago, on the island of Java there were no rice plants. The people of the earth had only grown cassava for their…

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Youth & Mission

God of Nonviolence.

Thank you for the gift of your love and your peace. Give me the grace to live the life of Gospel nonviolence that I might be…

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