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News & Analysis | August 2020

Afghanistan. Among the children of Kabul.

The long years of conflict have transformed Afghanistan into one of the worst countries in the world to be a child. Being so young they have to struggle to survive and yet there is no shortage of dreams or ambition. A loud explosion. A large black…

Dossier

Uganda. A journey into Buganda’s cultural heritage.

The Buganda are a bantu speaking ethnic group found in Uganda. They are a very dominant group and account for 17% of the country’s population of 34.6 million people. The present day Buganda was known as Muwaawa and this was because it was believed to be a sparsely populated area before the 12th century. They speak Luganda…

Marriage. Two families come Together.

Marriage in Buganda was one of the most important activities and a time for merry making, a time when two families come together. This was a time when the boy was given a chance by the girl’s family to be part of their family and vice-versa. Clan mates never get married to each other as it is…

Births as a successful family.

Birth in Buganda is very important because it is the yard stick that measures a successful marriage, no childless marriage is considered successful. A man would be asked to get another wife if his wife failed to give him fruits of the womb, and she would be considered a useless woman. The more children a woman…

Death & Last Funeral Rites.

Death is a sad and dark time among the Baganda. Loss of a loved one is usually a very painful time. The Baganda don’t keep a dead body for long, so that when someone dies in Buganda, the body is kept for one day and buried on the second day. The Kabaka of Buganda never attends any…

Churches

Brazil. Close to the people.

Brazil is the country struck hardest by Covid 19. Combonian Father Saverio…

Father Charles Nyamiti. “An ancestor in African Theology.”

The Tanzanian-born priest, Fr. Charles Nyamiti, will be remember as eminent pioneer…

Chad. Cereal Banks.

In Chad, a missionary who has lived in the country for over…

Bangladesh. My life and Hope for the Sick.

She manages the Damien Hospital, the only specialized facility to treat leprosy,…

Culture

Music. Obongjayar. Aromas and Rhythms of Mother Africa.

His name is Steven Umoh but in the world of music,…

Herbs & Plants. Rhus vulgaris Meikle. An Important Herbal Medicinal Plant.

Vital in traditional medicine for the treatment and management of various…

Nigeria. The dance of the street children.

The Dream Catchers Academy is an organisation that helps street children.…

Mexico. Arms that speak of peace.

A visual Mexican artist collects arms used during violent times in…

Opinion & Comment

The Energy Transition Paradox in Africa.

The binding agreement of the Paris Conference (COP 21) on climate change established the objective of…

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What a new president means for Burundi.

A former army general with reformist credentials was sworn in as president of Burundi last June…

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Advocacy

Feeding people during the Covid-19 emergency.

With the declaration of the health emergency in Ecuador, all activities and services taking care of poor people were suspended. The experience of Caritas’ dining…

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Baobab

The Herons and the Tortoise.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful lake, near a big mountain. There lived many animals in the water and on the banks of the…

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Youth & Mission

Young People lead the protest against racism, discrimination and social…

More and more young people are joining protests around the world and are playing an increasingly important role to protest against racism, discrimination and social inequality. Is…

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