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News & Analysis | February 2023

Lesotho. The Troubled Waters.

The wealth generated by the abundance of water has not prevented the increasingly vulnerable country from suffering for decades from land degradation. The government, civil society, and rural communities, with the technical and financial support of the international community, is trying to tackle the…

Dossier

São Tomé and Príncipe. A Lost Paradise.

São Tomé and Príncipe, a former Portuguese colony, is among the smallest independent states in the world. It is composed of an archipelago located off the Atlantic coast of the African continent, opposite the Gulf of Guinea and located just north of the equatorial line. In addition to the two main islands of São Tomé and Príncipe,…

A long road to Independence.

The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe were deserted until their discovery by Portuguese navigators. Even today we do not know for certain the date of this event or the names of those who first discovered the islands. According to some scholars they were discovered by João de Santarém and Pedro de Escobar in 1451, while others,…

The political and economic problems.

Having obtained independence from the mother country, the country was led for 16 years by a socialist regime, headed by Manuel Pinto da Costa. Within a decade, a strong disaffection towards the establishment grew among the population; it was mainly caused by the economic decline, the impact of which on living conditions was considerable. This situation favoured the…

The shadow of China.

The economy of São Tomè and Princìpe is poor. The main resources are linked to the tourism, fishing, and cocoa sectors, with most of the population working in public services and agricultural and subsistence activities. The succession of various governments over the years has not created the conditions to put a stop to rampant poverty, while at the…

Churches

Latin America. Liturgical Art at the Service of…

A Spanish Claretian, for 35 years a missionary in Latin America, Fr.…

Guatemala. A Failed State.

Drug trafficking, corruption, the danger of fraud in the next presidential elections.…

Mexico. A Sound that Calls for a Missionary…

The Comboni magazine ‘Esquila Misional’ celebrates 70 years of life. At the…

Towards the 2023 Synod. Dialogue. The Proposal of…

If ‘dialogue’ means ‘meeting through the word’ (‘dia-logos’), dialogue is necessary to…

Culture

Bolivia. Anata. The Aymara Carnival.

The Anata festival -  Anata in Aymara means game - is…

Ch'alla. Rite of Thanksgiving to Mother Earth.

It is a rite of gratitude of the native Andean peoples…

Ghana. Adowa, the Unique Dance Style of the Ashanti.

It is one of the most popular and unique dance styles…

Music. Mdou Moctar. The Sounds of the Desert.

From the golden sands of the Sahara Desert to the renowned…

Opinion & Comment

The War in Ukraine Calls for an Increased African Unity.

"How Africans voted on the Ukraine War is an indication of the plurality of views [in…

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Wagner: The Cornerstone of Russia's Strategy in Africa.

The Wagner Group - Russia’s most prolific and infamous private military company (PMC) - formed during…

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Advocacy

Lost for Words.

To save biodiversity, we must save human diversity. Many Indigenous languages are 'dying out'. What is not often discussed, however, is the fact that the languages…

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Baobab

Her Great Dream.

On the heights of a remote village at the bottom of a valley lived a melancholic girl who had not known her parents, who had died…

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Youth & Mission

Iran. Young Generation: “We want to be free”.

The current Iranian Revolution is entering its fourth month, with people all over Iran protesting. Iran’s Gen Z is leading the charge as the loudest voice…

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