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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

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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