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Zimbabwe – Women who do not give up

They have been arrested many times; they are considered dangerous to public order. Their crime is defending women and the lowly’s rights. Jennifer Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu talk about their social engagement in Zimbabwe. Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe. It has always been the epicentre of protests against Robert Mugabe’s regime. Jennifer…

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Zimbabwe – EU lifts sanctions on diamonds

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On the last 23 September, under the pressure of the diamond industry, the European Union lifted its sanctions on diamond imports from Zimbabwe, the new giant. The atmosphere was euphoric in Antwerp after the “unanimous” decision of the EU 28 member states, which was published on the last 23 Septembre in the EU’s official gazette,…

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Zimbabwe – the hard road to elections

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  In 2008, Zimbabwe lived through one of the darkest pages of its recent history. Following the first round of general elections – which the ruling ZANU-PF party and the incumbent president Robert Mugabe allegedly lost – a wave of violence spread in the country. Most international human rights advocates described it as “government-sponsored.” According…

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Zimbabwe – The afterlife club

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  Many cultures in Southern Africa place great importance in death and the rituals that revolve around it. The death of a member of the community challenges the life of the whole community. This is why funeral rites must be observed carefully. On the one hand, only properly performed rituals ensure the complete passage to…

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Zimbabwe – Elections and intimidation

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  Key unresolved issues are the need for elections under free(ish) and fair(ish) conditions with an autonomous electoral commission (ZEC) and reform of the degraded voters roll. There is continuing battle over indigenization, and uses of diamond resources, the post-Mugabe agenda, SADC engagement including security sector ‘governance’. Regional leaders receiving churches and NGOs lobbying on…

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Zimbabwe – Just more of the same?

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  Optimists – there are still some – are assessing Zimbabwe against the background of the ‘Arab Spring’. On 11 January 2012, we had twenty eight months of the ‘Inclusive (or Unified) Government’ (IG/GNU) following the signing of the ’Global Political Agreement’ (GPA) between the two major and one minor party – ZANU-PF and the…

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Zimbabwe – Let’s take responsibility

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A while ago, the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference published a pastoral letter in which they called on all Zimbabweans to ‘Let us work for the common good. Let us save our nation’. The call is pertinent to our situation for it identifies a critical quality that our country desperately needs. Zimbabwe has never experienced a…

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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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