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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Sudan – New Countries, Old Problems

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Oasis’s journalist Andrea Pin met Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Emory Law School (USA). Here are excerpt of the interview.   Now the world has two Sudans. Do you think that we should consider this as a political success, a compromise or a failure?       It is obviously too…

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Nigeria – Terror and tensions

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Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram – which has conducted various terror attacks and bombed the UN headquarters in the capital, Abuja last August – is fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state. The group’s official Arabic name is Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, which means “People committed to the propagation of…

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Security – Crisis Tracker

The Lord Resistance Army (LRA) was born in northern Uganda to fight the government there and establish a theocratic government led by the Acholi, one of the ethnic groups living in Uganda and South Sudan. The group is led by Joseph Kony, who claims to be a medium and speak with the Holy Spirit. For…

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Mauritania – Invisible Blacks

Since early September, Black Mauritanians are demonstrating every week against a census organised by the government which, they say, will increase racial discrimination and deprive many of them of their citizenship. In Paris, about 1,500 marched on October 2nd in homage to 19 years Lamine Mangane, who was shot dead earlier by the police at…

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Zimbabwe – Let’s take responsibility

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A while ago, the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference published a pastoral letter in which they called on all Zimbabweans to ‘Let us work for the common good. Let us save our nation’. The call is pertinent to our situation for it identifies a critical quality that our country desperately needs. Zimbabwe has never experienced a…

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Zambia – Service to the people

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We Comboni Missionaries began our missionary service in Zambia in November 1977 with the arrival of Fr. Kizito Sesana in Chipata Diocese. Two parishes were assigned to us: Chadiza in 1978 and Vubwi in 1979. St. Mathias Mulumba Parish was opened in 1983. In 1983 we also took the parish of Chikowa. In time, some…

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Panama – Open Inferno

In 1979, Daniel N˙Òez, bishop of Panama’s David diocese, wrote: ‘The children play outside with smiling faces, despite the worms and malnutrition. Their mother weaves a multicolour ch·cara [an elaborately patterned string bag], while a naked months-old baby crawls around her. The grandmother brings water and firewood together with two children; the father and two…

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Mexico – A champion of the people

In the 1960’s, Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcìa’ speaking out against Chiapas’ unwritten laws – such as those prohibiting Indians from walking the streets after dark and forcing them to step off city sidewalks into the gutter whenever non-Indians approached. He said his faith led him to examine the roots of the injustice and prompted his…

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Obituary – Daughter of a leopard

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Ihithe is a small village near Nyeri, on the slopes of the Aberdare Mountains. The forests that grace these high mountains use to reach down in the valley. Today the trees are gone. Farming has taken their place. When Wangari Maathai was growing up in Ihithe in the 1940, she had to come to know…

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Music – My way

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Insecurity, in South Africa, knows no barrier. All are at risk. Lucky Dube, the most successful African reggae artiste of his generation, was killed by thugs in a Johannesburg suburb in 2007. The killers wanted a few hundred bucks, and had no qualm in pulling the trigger and break a life, just for that. Today,…

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Notting Hill Carnival – Back to the roots

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Every year, the last weekend of August, Notting Hill – an upmarket neighbourhood of London – becomes alive with the Carnival organized by the Caribbean community. For two days, floats parade through the streets, while revellers can sing, dance, and eat traditional food. The carnival is rooted in the presence of a large Caribbean community,…

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Book Review – Africa’s moment

Is Africa a cursed continent? If history is a teacher, it would seem so. The very name of Africa seems to derive from a Semitic root for slave. The Latin saying ‘ex Africa simper aliquid novi’ (always something new from Africa) is a translation of a Greek adage, which was meant to be derogatory. Many…

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Advocacy

The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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Baobab

The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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