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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Colombia – Living in the city

Bogotá is home to 87 indigenous communities who fight to maintain their ancestral customs based on Good Living. About 20,000 indigenous people live in Bogotá, the Colombian capital with 7.4 million inhabitants. Muisca, Kichwa, Ambika Pijao, and Inga people are organized in five cabildos — semiautonomous administrative units recognized by the city government. There are…

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Music – Soul of Morocco

Try imagining a bossanova sung in Moroccan Arabic. Then make things even more difficult: imagine the author suddenly turning into a virtuoso soul singer. Now you have an idea of what the Soul of Morocco sounds like, according to Oum El Ghait Benessarahoui. Soul of Morocco, this 35-year-old artist explained, is her third album, but…

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Uganda – Atuwa: Celebrating friendship

Atuwa is a celebration among the Karimojong, an ethnic group of agro-pastoral herders living mainly in north-east Uganda. This feast is the most genuine expression of the African sense of brotherhood. In particular, it showcases Karimojong social traditions and lifestyle. The celebrations unfold between the September and November moons, at the end of the rainy…

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Benin – Cotonou by motorcycle taxi

Cotonou, Benin’s economic capital, is invaded by motorcycle taxis. In a local language they are zémidjans. They are the fastest way to get a ride from one part of the city to another. No MotoGP pilot could ever compete with reckless zémidjan drivers. Their motorbikes are fuelled by gasoline of dubious origin and leave behind…

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Advocacy

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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