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Monthly Archives: July 2015

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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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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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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Advocacy

The Dominican Sisters create their own climate solutions fund.

In recent years, many faith-based organizations have made bold statements about climate justice being a key component of their faith and stewardship of Earth and…

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Baobab

How the Phoenix got her fine plumage.

A very long time ago before men had learnt how to hunt and set traps, all the birds lived together peacefully in a great forest. Theirs…

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Youth & Mission

"Brothers and Sisters All". We share dignity, rights and respect.

The latest letter of Pope Francis, his Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti “Brothers and Sisters All,” is one that should touch every heart, stimulate our minds, awaken our…

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