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Kenya. Pokot. The rite of initiation: ‘Sapana’

‘Sapana’ is a celebration undertaken by young men, around 20 years of age, to become recognized as adult men. Only after the rite, will they be considered as adults meaning that they will be allowed to sit at the meetings with the elders, ‘kokwö’, and participate in sacrifices, ‘kirket’. We look at the rite of…

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Kenya – Turkana, the last warriors

When visitors reach Lodwar, the capital of Turkana County, a town of about 50,000 people, the first thing they are invited to see is the prison cell where Jomo Kenyatta, the founding Father and first president of Kenya, was restricted to house arrest for two years in 1959, at the height of the country’s independence…

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Kenya – Tomb Raiders

Security in Kenya has always been a sore spot. People are routinely hit with either waves of robberies or ethnic based violence. In recent years, terror attacks have become an unwelcomed addition. The international press reports tragic events, like the Westgate affair in September 2013. Strikes on solitary police posts at the border with Somalia…

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Kenya – Uhuru Kenyatta, Africa and ICC

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On the 5th of November 2009, the International Criminal Court (ICC)  Prosecutor notified the President of the Court of his intention to submit a request for the authorization to start an investigation into the situation in Kenya pursuant to Article 15(3) of the Rome Statute about the 2007-2008 post election violence in Kenya in which…

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Kenya – Lake Turkana peace mission

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The Dassanech are one of the oldest ethnic groups in Africa. These people live in three different east-African countries: Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya. The Dassanech have been in conflict with the nomadic Turkana for generations. The tensions may be explained largely in terms of pasture and water scarcity. A missionary tries to mediate peace between…

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Kenya – A challenge to win, the bishop of Turkana speaks

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With an area of nearly 77,000 sq km, Turkana is the largest county in Kenya. It is within the boundaries of the former Rift Valley province. The Turkana are the second largest group of pastoralists in Kenya, 680,000 people, according to the 2009 census. 70% are nomads, with little social structure to tie them down, frequently…

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Kenya – Maasai “He is gone”

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  According to Maasai legend, in the beginning there was no death. Once upon a time, there was a man called Natero Kop. He was the first man that Naiteru-kop brought to earth. Then Naiteru-kop called Leeyio and said to him, “When a man dies and you get rid of his body, you must remember…

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Kenya – A Journey into Maasai Culture

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In the land where the Maasai live, the Great Rift Valley of Kenya and Tanzania, cacti trees dot the green savannah. There are ample lakes, winding rivers, and vast plains leading sweetly towards green hills. The far away mountains have magical names – Kilimanjaro, Kenya, Meru, and Lengai. They look after this savage and mysterious…

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Malindi – Dialogue and commitment/2

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  This is the second part of an interview with Bishop Emanuel Barbara. See part one here. A major concern is the abuse of young people both by the local population and tourists. What is the diocese doing in this area?The problem of abuses on minor is always before my eyes. When I came, I…

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Malindi – Dialogue and commitment

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  “This diocese is in continuous development. The Christian presence started with faithful who came from upcountry, from the central highlands of Kenya. They came here and brought with them a strong Catholic tradition, but also their own ethnic traditions; they did a lot to support the growth of the Church. Today, half of the…

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ICT – Not only Kenya

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  With many on-going projects and planned ICT developments, Kenya has taken the lead in the digital race in Africa. Yet, projects to reduce the digital divide in Africa are not confined to the East African country. Interesting programs are found in the most unusual places. Brazzaville, the capital of Congo, is one of them.…

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Kenya – University in the slums

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  On Sunday 19th August, a colourful celebration in Kariobangi ? a slum area in the Eastlands of Nairobi – inaugurated a new university diploma in civic and development education. The programme is offered by the Institute of Social Ministry (Tangaza College ? The Catholic University of Eastern Africa) with a view of bridging the…

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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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