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News & Analysis | October 2022

African Union. Twenty Years Later.

The supranational institution has worked to prevent conflicts but has not achieved the expected results. The decisions taken by the assembly of heads of state rarely affect regional situations, also due to the inefficiency of the operational bodies and the lack of economic resources.…

Dossier

Senegal. The Colours of the Pirogues.

The fishing sector is crucial both for socio-economic stability and for the food security of the populations of the entire region. Fishing vessels from Europe, China, Turkey, and Russia are endangering the livelihoods of many local fishermen. We accompanied some fishermen on a fishing night. In Soumbédioune, a colourful harbour nestled between the rocks of Medina,…

Industrial-scale piracy.

Foreign industries of transformation of fresh fish into fish meal and oil for export to European, Asian and American countries flourish on the coast. The entire informal fishing chain in Senegal employs more than 600,000 people, contributing 3.5% to the gross domestic product. According to Aliou Ba, a Senegalese activist of Greenpeace Africa, fishing is a…

Setting Sail.

The sun is about to set behind the houses that, in the distance, appear on the opposite side of the bay from the small port of Soumbédioune, when Madj adjusts his hat and waves to his friend Bouba. It is the signal to set sail. It is time to load the latest equipment on board and,…

Ancient methods.

Madj lights the flashlight on his head, tying hooks and lures to the ends of the lines. The space on board is narrow and the two fishermen work seated, to avoid dangerous jolts to the hull. Crouching on the opposite sides of the dugout, one facing the other, the two men look at each other in silence…

Churches

World Mission Sunday. “You shall be my witnesses”.

This year World Mission Day will be celebrated on Sunday, on 23…

Mozambique. Close to the People Despite Everything.

During the night, an armed group attacks the mission of Chipene, a…

Laurenti Magesa. An Ancestor of the Church in…

The renowned African theologian Prof. Fr. Laurenti Magesa died on 11 August,…

Mexico. Missionary Dimension, Taking Off Your Sandals.

 The diocese of Ciudad Guzmán in the Mexican state of Jalisco has…

Culture

Music. Lido Pimienta. To the Rhythm of Cumbia.

Mention Colombia and one immediately thinks of cumbia: a rhythm, an…

Peru. The Asheninka Minga.

The Asheninka, are an indigenous ethnic group that lives in the…

The Birthplace of the Rainbow.

Victoria Falls is one of the best known and most spectacular…

DR Congo. Dancing to the Rumba Rhythm.

The rumba is a typically Congolese rhythm. This popular music, which…

Opinion & Comment

The Danger of a Nuclear Nightmare.

The development of nuclear technology to power electricity generation was hailed as a triumph of modern…

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Illegal logging in Africa and its security implications.

Illegal logging is a growing feature of transnational organized crime in Africa, often facilitated by the…

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Advocacy

Agroforestry. Life back to the land.

Two projects, systems of agroforestry, are helping bring life back to the land  in Central America Rainforests are the most productive ecosystems on the planet, and…

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Baobab

Why Zebras have Striped Skins.

Long ago before people started taking any other animal apart from the dog, it was said that donkeys could also be tamed. This rumour was told…

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Youth & Mission

Mission. Walking Together.

October Is Missionary Month. Three Young Comboni Missionaries Share their Vocation Journey My name is Brother Alberto Lamana. I was born in 1971 in Zaragoza, Spain.  I…

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