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News & Analysis | December 2021

Africa. Forward to 2027, the new single currency.

The pandemic and the doubts of some countries have postponed the adoption of the Eco, the single monetary unit of Western Africa. The new road map, which expects a pact of convergence to be actuated during the period 2022-2026, became necessary due to the delays…

Dossier

Kenya/Ethiopia. A journey into Borana's cultural heritage.

In the vast semi-desert uplands of southern Ethiopia, and in the northern desert region of Kenya, the Borana have their home. They believe themselves to be the first of the groups that form the great Oromo family. “We were the first to arrive, at dawn”. The experts agree that the Borana — around half a million people,…

The Gubissa Ceremony.

The birth of a child is always an important event that brings joy to the Borana. The joy is all the more important when the child is a first-born or a male. The announcement of the birth is made by the father who shouts to all “Olla, ilmi dallae buna tambo nyada” (People of the village, a son…

Getting married.

Among the Borana people marriage is preceded by several stages and long negotiations, which can go on even for two years. The boy’s father takes the first step by visiting the girl’s parents, on this occasion he brings them some tobacco and coffee as gifts. The girl’s parents accept the gifts the first time but on the…

The Gadamoji Celebration.

Every eight years, the feast of final Borana passage called Gadamoji, when a man reaches complete social and ritual maturity, is celebrated. Due to the fact that it is celebrated at such long intervals and its importance and influence in various aspects of the life of the tribe, this is one of the more typical manifestations of…

Churches

Philippine. The Fiesta, joyful celebration.

The life of the Filipino villages and parishes is built around the…

Mexico. A Price on his Head.

The daily life of a Mexican priest, threatened with death and target…

India. A chain of solidarity from organic cotton.

Some Franciscan Sisters have succeeded in combining tradition and innovation. The ‘Assisi…

Bolivia. Under the spell of the rich mountain.

They toil in dark and poorly secured tunnels - always looking for…

Culture

Azerbaijan: Unique Carpets.

The Azerbaijan art of weaving is unique: it is an ancient…

Herbs & Plants. Leonotis nepetifolia. 'A Lion era'.

In traditional medicine, the plant is used to treat a number of…

Eritrea. The sacrifice of the red goat.

The Kunama, an Eritrean ethnic group living in the remote and…

Mexico. Tortillas, God’s food.

Mexican people and other cultures have been a corn-based diet culture…

Opinion & Comment

Troubled waters in the Indo-Pacific Ocean.

Geopolitical tension in the Indo-Pacific Region has been aggravated by the controversial purchase of submarines by…

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Indo-Pacific. China-USA: An Ocean Apart.

If the "Pivot to Asia" -  the strategic rebalancing of American interests from Europe and the…

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Advocacy

In search of ethical coherence in investments.

To Missionaries, living the Gospel in a radical fashion is a way of advocating for the poor and the earth. The devise, Justice, Peace and…

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Baobab

Why Monkeys Choose to live up Trees.

From sunrise to sunset, old Bushcat was out hunting, but she had not been successful in finding food, not even a snake. So, exhausted, she lay down…

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Youth & Mission

Glasgow COP26. Young people at the forefront of Climate…

Not only protest marches. They have contributed with debates and proposals at the COP 26 Climate Change in Glasgow. They have been the real protagonists of…

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