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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Music – A tribute to ‘Rochereau’

He was called by his fans “the baobab of Congolese rumba”, and no title could be more appropriate for Tabu Ley, also known since his school years as ‘Rochereau’. Deeply rooted in the musical tradition of his country, the present day DRC, this legend of the African music scene passed away on 30 January, 2013:…

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Mozambique – Macua people: living in harmony

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The Macua are the largest ethnic group in Mozambique. Some cultural traits of these people. The region inhabited by the Macua overlooking the Indian Ocean to the east, with more than 600 km of coastline, covers an area of ?about 200,000 sq km. It is bordered to the north, towards Tanzania, by the Makonde’s territory,…

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The rural market in Africa – A meeting point

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The market is not only a place to buy and sell, where commercial transactions are carried out. In the rural areas of Africa it is a place characterised by deep social relations and becomes a meeting point for the scattered members of one’s family, native village, and other areas. The large tree that often grows…

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Guatemala – Atitlan: in the land of Corn Flower

This town of about 50,000 people is located on the south shore of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala’s central highland region and sits approximately 160 km. to the west of the country’s capital, Guatemala City. Santiago Atitlán amazes its visitors  with its cultural richness. This municipality, in the Department of  Sololà,  is home to the Tz’utujil,…

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Mexico. Deported immigrants, between misery and extortion

They live in holes along sewage canals, exploited by gangs of drug traffickers who recruit them for selling drugs. Stories of kidnappings, suffering and broken dreams. There is very little light in the culvert, and it takes several minutes for our eyes to adjust to darkness. Miguel and his wife, Maria Luisa, are sitting on…

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Asia. “A simple pastoral journey”.

Pope Francis will make his second apostolic visit to Asia. From 13-15 January, Sri Lanka and from 15-19, the Philippines. A few days before the pope’s visit, Sri Lanka will go to the pole. There is a fear that election organizers will exploit the pope’s visit as a political tool. In fact, posters have been…

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Isis and North African labourers

The Islamic Maghreb is one of those areas throughout which ISIS intends to expand the boundaries of the recently established Islamic Caliphate. Many Takfirist jihadists currently fighting in IS ranks are from North Africa. According to ‘The Economist’, there are several North African jihadists fighting in Syria. Tunisia is the biggest “exporter” of jihadists: the…

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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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