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News & Analysis | July 2021

Avoiding the Suez Canal.

A single ship lodged in the Suez Canal halted maritime commerce and caused a rise in oil prices. Many countries are looking for alternatives. All it took was for the container ship Evergreen to become stuck in the Suez Canal, on 23 March 2021, for…

Dossier

2021. The International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.

It is estimated that there are 152 million children in the world who are compelled to work with 72.1 million of these in the African continent alone. Out of these, 31.5 million are engaged in heavy and dangerous work. Covid-19 has aggravated the situation. Before sunrise, Jean Pierre sets out on the rough path that leads to…

Child Migrants. Alone with their destiny.

They travel alone. They may fall into the hands of human traffickers. They often end up in detention centres without knowing why or for how long. The mental health repercussions may be irreparable. Maria Lourdes is just seven years old and is travelling with some people she does not know. Together with others she has crossed the…

Child soldiers. The difficulty of ‘adapting to peace’.

There are at least eighteen countries, where children are recruited and used in armed conflicts. From regular army to rebels, from guerrilla movements to drug cartels. The phenomenon has assumed the status of a humanitarian disaster. Dahara was 15 and had never used a weapon until he arrived in Libya, together with his eighteen-year-old cousin Hagar. They…

The puppies of Islamic State.

Born in the Caliphate and indoctrinated to believe in a ‘different world’. The images are few and taken from a distance. They show boys from 9 to 15 years old with Kalashnikovs in their hands, shooting as they run. They throw themselves to the ground and immediately rise again, shooting all the time. Behind them, an officer of…

Churches

Charles de Foucauld. The Gospel in the land…

Just over a century after he died as a martyr, Blessed Charles…

The Philippines. The church in the sea.

In the Bay of Manila, north of the Philippine capital, it is…

Central African Republic. Giving Hope.

A country broken by years of civil war. The difficult journey towards…

Africa. Catechists. Unknown heroes and heroines of the…

With a new Apostolic Letter Antiquum Ministerium (Ancient Ministry), Pope Francis establishes…

Culture

Uganda. The art of dance.

For the Karimojong, a pastoral and semi-nomadic tribe living in the…

Togo. A Voodoo is born to us.

Among the waci (a name that means 'the souls of our…

Ecuador. The Shuar. The people of the sacred waterfalls.

The Shuar are an Amazonian indigenous people whose culture, life, and…

The fascinating mystery of migrations in the African skies.

Hundreds of species of bird migrate seasonally, covering enormous distances, urged…

Opinion & Comment

An International Court of Justice to end Impunity for Transnational…

The purpose of private companies is to develop activities that report on economic benefits to their…

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Justice during COVID and climate change.

The impacts from the coronavirus pandemic and climate change manifest longstanding injustices that continue to put…

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Advocacy

From South Sudan. Adeng's letter.

Advocacy is concerned with values, awareness and knowledge of problems to promote actions, policies and changes in the issues that interest people. Advocacy does not always…

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Baobab

The Elephant and Hare.

There was once a herd of elephants who went to gather honey to take to their in-laws.  As they were walking along, they came upon Hare…

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Youth & Mission

African Youth to promote Peace and Security.

Despite challenges of unemployment, corruption, entrenched political leadership, and political violence, many African youth have found constructive avenues to promote peace, effective governance and reform. Africa remains the…

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