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News & Analysis | December 2019

Africa. Environmental Degradation and Climate Change Migrants.

Environmental degradation will make the planet face up to challenges unknown until now. As a consequence of the deterioration of the environment, Africa is experiencing the phenomenon of climate-driven migration. Africa is currently home to more than 1.3 billion people, a figure that could double…

Dossier

Narco-Trafficking.The African routes.

The continent of Africa is becoming one of the major transit hubs for the movement of drugs. In a report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) stated that 'With their experience in the field of contraband hashish and heroin, the drugs cartels of Western Africa are seeking new contacts in Latin America to extend the…

West Africa, bridgehead for cocaine trafficking.

The region has acquired a key role in the drugs trade, becoming the major platform of intercontinental trade in cocaine, not only because of its strategic location but also because it is fertile ground for creating local groups interested in what they can gain from this commerce. The Atlantic coast, composed of Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and, to a…

Nigerian gangs.

A large part of the drugs coming from Latin America and Asia is controlled and managed by gangs of Nigerians (such as the Area boys known as Agberos, other gangs of young boys called Bakassi and the fearsome violent confraternity of the Black Axe) dominated by the powerful Nigerian mafia which, with its centres in Europe…

Along the Desert Routes.

The North African area, with its vast desert regions that are difficult to police and include the roads and tracks of the Sahara Desert, has become the main crossroads for  trafficking in arms, migrants and narcotics. Among the various roads across the desert that descend from Algeria to its southern regions, there is the ancient 'Cart Road' across…

Churches

DR. Congo. What it means to be a…

Comboni Brother Juan Carlos Salgado, a medical doctor, has the joy of…

Missionary Reflection. Religious and social transformation.

Evangelisation is transformation at two levels: religious and social. The ultimate end…

Amazonia Synod. The Prophetic River.

A Comboni Missionary, Father Dario Bossi took part in the Synod of Amazonia…

Uganda. Educating the heart.

A Catholic nurse dedicates her life to Meeting Point International, an association…

Culture

Mexico.The Circus as a Life Project.

In the Nahuatl language, spoken in the central region of Mexico,…

Uganda. A special guest served with an eshabwe meal.

The Banyankole are a Ugandan tribe found in South-western Uganda. They…

Music. Noa. Seeds of peace.

Deeply rooted in the land and culture of his ancestors, Achinoam…

Bolivia.Water is the source of life on Pacha (earth).

According to indigenous wisdoms, life on Pacha (earth) originated from water…

Opinion & Comment

Africa. Pioneering the Fight against Plastic Waste.

While Europe is only tentatively taking action against the flood of plastic articles, countries in Africa…

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Nobel Peace Prize 2019.

In February 2018, in the midst of ongoing political turmoil, few could have predicted the radical…

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Advocacy

Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Baobab

Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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