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Central Africa – The days of the Apocalypse

The Central African Republic has been a hostage of violence for more than a year now. The Seleka rebels and Anti-Balaka (‘anti- machete’) militants, loot, ravage, kill. Places of worship are not spared. Here are some missionaries’ reports. “We heard explosions and gunfire. We panicked. Each of us tried to hide wherever he could. Gunfire…

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CAR – Deteriorating situation

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According to the United Nations there are at least 130,000 of the 800,000 residents of Bangui who are displaced. More than 45,000 are crowded into the only camp for the displaced near the airport, under French protection, without proper shelter, water, medical supplies and inadequate food supplies. There is a serious risk of epidemics due…

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Nicaragua – Gueguense

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A Nicaraguan masked play that defies the arrogance of the powerful with style and creativity. An exceptional portrait of non-violent resistance. The January wind cuts a path through the peaceful town of Diriamba, 45Km from the capital Managua. Diriamba owes its name to Cacique Diriangen, the legendary Nahuati Indian chief. On 19 January the people…

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Madagascar – Collapse of the transition process

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The transition process has completely derailed with the decision by the Special electoral court to allow three politicians including the state president to run for the next presidential, now postponed to the 23 August, despite irregularities in their registration. The political and economic situation in Madagascar is unlikely to stabilize anytime soon. Indeed, recent moves…

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CAR – Fragile peace deal

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  The Libreville peace-talks between the government and the rebels ended up on the 11 January with a ceasefire and a power sharing deal but it remains to be seen whether the ceasefire will hold. On the 9 January, peace negotiations started in Libreville between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR), the rebels…

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CAR – Giving life its taste

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  Father Gaetan Kabasha, a Rwandan priest, shares his experience in Bakouma, in eastern Central African Republic, where he combines evangelization with human promotion.   I escaped my country, Rwanda, because of the 1994 genocide. I lived for some years in the refugee camps of the DR Congo, then I arrived to the Central African…

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Central African Republic – Re-establishing peace

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  Four new Central African bishops were consecrated in Bangui in July; an important event for any local Church, even more for the Central African Republic (CAR) for the new bishops make up half of the episcopate. In the past few fears the Church in this nation has been going through heavy turbulence. With these…

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Advocacy

The land right, a first remedy to injustice.

Hunger and homelessness continued to rise in major North American cities. Unemployment, employment-related problems, and low-paying jobs are likely contributing to hunger. High housing costs…

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Baobab

Spider and the Lion.

0ne day Spider went to the river to fish. It must have been Spider's lucky day, for the fish swarmed around him until at last he…

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Youth & Mission

Letter to Pope Francis from African Youth.

A group of young people living in Nairobi who regularly meets at Shalom House has written a letter to Pope Francis on the occasion of the…

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