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Nigeria: Odyssey of Maiduguri priests and communities

Priests were forced to leave their parishes because of the violence of Boko Haram. Missions and churches have been destroyed. Many Christians have escaped and found refuge in displaced camps. But now some priests have returned with their Christians and have started to rebuild their communities. The diocese of Maiduguri includes the entire states of…

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Nigeria. Boko Haram should go back to school


Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s leader, believes it sufficient to declare himself a Muslim to know the religion and the law, while it is clear that he should go back to school as quickly as possible. Risen to headline notoriety for the kidnapping and abduction of 223 Christian girls from a college and then forcing them…

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Nigeria – This elephant will not only stir

The Islamist group Boko Haram, is continuing to cause destruction and violence particularly in the north of the country. Nigeriaís President Goodluck Jonathan organized a National Conference. Religion will play a key role in the 2015 elections. We talked with Monsignor Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto. Boko Haram has…

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Nigeria – A long journey to peace

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  Insecurity, attacks on oil companies, corruption, poverty in the Niger Delta, the disbanding of many armed groups, amnesty to Boko Haram members. We talked with Ukoha O. Ukiwo, director of the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at Port Harcourt University. What has president Goodluck Jonathan achieved and what has he failed to achieve?…

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Nigeria – What amnesty for Boko Haram?

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The dominant theme in national discussion has been the Amnesty for members of Boko Haram. Monsignor Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, looks at the issues of Amnesty and how it challenges Christians in Nigeria. Rather than looking at the issues of Amnesty in the light of the past, present,…

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Terror timeline

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  In less than a decade, Boko Haram has caused thousands of victims. The violence has meant the destruction of houses, of shops, and of the hopes of many. Tens of thousands were forced to abandon their villages to look for more secure places where to live. Here is a timeline of the terror unleashed…

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Peace at risk

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Last Christmas, many Christian churches were bombed by Boko Haram. John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, archbishop of Abuja, declared to Vatican Radio “we have done much to encourage dialogue with Islam, to promote respect and harmony. We need to hope that, besides events such these, we can continue the journey of dialogue and reconciliation. Most Nigerians want…

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Fundamentalisms

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Boko Haram is an offshoot of Yan Tatsine, a movement active in Kano State in the 1980s under the leadership of Mohammed Marwa, an Islamic scholar who migrated to Nigeria from Cameroon in 1945. Once in Kano, capital of the State by the same name, Marwa became a fanatic, fixated with the idea of purify…

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Nigeria – Repression

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The Federal Government, controlled by the People’s Democratic Party since 1999, has always responded to terror attacks with a display of strength – using the police and the army – to no noticeable result so far. President Goodluck Jonathan is no different from his predecessors. He clearly says there is no space for dialogue and…

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Nigeria – Hot spots

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Nigeria is the real giant of Africa. With 160 million inhabitants, plenty of natural resources, a good school system, Nigeria has the potential to become the new powerhouse of the continent, overcoming South Africa in a short while. Yet, it is profoundly divided by violence. In the past months, some compared it to Sudan, which…

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The rule of violence

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Nigerians are usually proud of their country, always ready to sing the praises of their culture and style. Unfortunately, very few foreigners share the view. The latter point out the many idiosyncrasies they see: people who are always too loud, a penchant for cheating (those who never received a Nigerian hoax email proposing a share…

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Nigeria – Terror and tensions

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Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram – which has conducted various terror attacks and bombed the UN headquarters in the capital, Abuja last August – is fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state. The group’s official Arabic name is Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, which means “People committed to the propagation of…

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Advocacy

Jesuits Good Practice Against Land Grabbing.

Any advocacy should be based on the credibility that increases positions and proposals. And it should be truly carried out in the best interests of…

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Baobab

The Leopard and the Rabbit.

Once upon a time the Leopard lived in a small house far way in the bush. After thinking for a long time he decided to look…

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis: “Colombia needs young people who know how to…

In Bogota, Pope Francis meets more than 20,000 young people gathered in Bolivar Square. He said to them: “ Help us to enter, help us who…

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