Monthly Archives: July 2015

Burundi. African “Presidents’ Union” backs Nkurunziza over third term issue

Central African leaders are concerned by the situation in Burundi but none of them does condemn Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term, in violation of the constitution, according to the opposition. Regional leaders are very concerned by the situation in Burundi, the flow of 120,000 refugees to the neighbouring countries and the…

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Colombia. Across the Magdalena River region.

The country has been the battleground of an undeclared civil war for more than 50 years. The conflict has involved also several guerrilla groups, including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The Colombian government and FARC rebels are currently holding peace talks in Havana. The Church promotes reconciliation and peace and the process of…

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Central America . The increasing presence and threat of the mining industry

According to experts, at the end of the 20th century Latin America region was responsible for about 12% of worldwide investment in mining. By the end of 2010 the level of investment had tripled. Central America is a zone with considerable reserves of both precious and industrial minerals. As it has done throughout the course…

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Rohingya. Boat People

On May 1, 2015, a joint military-police taskforce discovered at least 30 bodies at an abandoned human trafficking camp in the Sadao district of Songkhla province close to the Thai-Malaysian border. Many were buried in shallow graves, while others were covered with blankets and clothes and left in the open. Police reports indicate the dead…

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Nigeria: Odyssey of Maiduguri priests and communities

Priests were forced to leave their parishes because of the violence of Boko Haram. Missions and churches have been destroyed. Many Christians have escaped and found refuge in displaced camps. But now some priests have returned with their Christians and have started to rebuild their communities. The diocese of Maiduguri includes the entire states of…

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Pope Francis : Laudato SI’

Justice. Ecological debt. Climate change. Protection of the planet. We comment on the new Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis: “Praise be to you, on the proper care of our common home”, with Anglican Reverend Geoff Davies, director of the Southern Africa Faith Communities’ Environment Institute, an inter-faith environmentalist organization formed in 2006 by a collaboration…

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DR Congo. Construction of Inga 3 will only start in 2017

According to the World Bank, the construction of Inga 3 will not start before 2017, two years later than announced by the government.. The construction of the 4,800 MW Inga 3 hydropower dam project which should have begun in October 2015 will be delayed considerably. The last indication was provided by a meeting of the…

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Uganda. Reconciliation: drinking the sour and bitter Oput juice

Through their cultural and traditional justice system, Acholi people in northern Uganda address their intra-community problems. They call this process Mato Oput (the reconciliation process). In the Acholi traditional and cultural justice system, there are no denials, lies, or deceptions. Thus, whoever accepts to go through the process of truth-telling must tell the whole truth…

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South Sudan – the Spear Master

He is a spiritual guide and has the ability to mediate between God, totems and men. He is aware of the importance of education. Without hesitating he gave the land of his ancestors, with plenty of mango and tamarind trees and monkeys for the building of a school, and he moved elsewhere. Guricdit Marialjual lives…

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Nicaragua /Reportage. “Güiriseros” in search of an Eldorado

A loud cry, deafening. “It’s coming on top of us. Run. It’s going to bury us”. Then nothing else. Silence. A large black cloud of earth pours out of the tunnel. Now slowly the first ones are coming out. They look at each other, they count each other. The names are repeated. Of the 51…

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Book Review – Africa’s New Oil

At present, there is no political analyst, journalist or pundit that can avoid mentioning oil when examining sub-Saharan Africa’s situation and prospects. So, any new book dealing with the topic is likely to be met, at first, with some skepticism: is it really shedding new light on the issue – one could ask himself –…

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The Earth, our Home.

If we really love someone or something for it’s beauty and goodness and not for personal gratification then for sure we will cherish, admire and protect that person or entity from all danger, harm, damage and sickness. We will support and enhance that life and contribute to its growth and well-being. That is love. The…

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Can We Address The Climate Change? Yes, We Can.

Money is what hurts the most. Popovic, the founder of Otpor (Enough), a student movement that played a key role in toppling Serbian dictator Slobodan…

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Nigeria. Thunder and Lightning.

A long time ago, both thunder and lightning lived on this earth, among all the people. Thunder was an old mother sheep and Lightning was her…

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Youth & Mission

Africa. Young Catholic Students. “Our Faith - Our Future”.

A faith-based youth apostolate movement, committed to the principles and values of evangelisation, formation, social justice and advocacy, wants to expand in Africa In Africa, the YCS…

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