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Madagascar

Uneasy alliance

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  Since the arrival of the Portuguese Jesuit Father Luis Mariano in 1613, followed in 1820 by Anglican and Presbyterian ministers, Christian Churches have plaid an increasing role in the country, especially after the Queen Ranavalona’s conversion in 1867. They contributed sizeably to the alphabetization of the local people through the translation of the Bible…

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Environmental carnage

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  Widespread poverty has provided an easy ground for the increasing illegal exploitation of protected areas of Madagascar. The island boasts a unique fauna and flora, including the famous lemurs and no less than seven different kinds of baobab trees (as against one in the entire African continent). Today, this treasure is under threat. Over…

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A strangulated economy

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  “The suspension of aid following the unconstitutional power change has had a considerable impact on the education, health and food security sectors”, observes Fatma Samoura, UN Development Programme representative in Madagascar, According to a report tabled by the Prime Minister’s office with UNDP’s support, development aid flows fell by 43% to US $ 405…

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Madagascar – Plundering resources

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  The sale of 1.3 million hectares in 2008 to the South Korean company Daewoo was one of the major issues behind the 2009 protests against the government of Marc Ravalomanana, now exiled in South Africa. Under the new government of Andry Rajoelina, negotiations on land seem to happen more at regional and local levels.…

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Madagascar – Worrying signs

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  Madagascar is on edge. Some insiders predict that the unity government headed by the prime minister Jean Omer Beriziky could collapse soon. It could also be the case of all other transitional institutions. Further complex issues have emerged while the solution to the political crisis is moving at slow pace. Observers express concern about…

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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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