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Yearly Archives: 2015

Traditional medicine and modern medicine

The modern or conventional medicine health care system has been described as the ‘Western model’ based on historical origin and the way it is practiced. Historically conventional medicine is regarded as having originated from the western parts of the world and the way it is practiced is to ensure that one’s condition is diagnosed to…

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Mexican Catrina. A celebration of life

“Calaca’s taken him”, is a Mexican expression that is used when someone dies. Also known as ‘Catrina’, this figure in high heels and a hat is the star of thousands of celebrations throughout the length and breadth of the country in November. We look at this character.  On November 1 and 2, Mexico celebrates what…

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Horn of Africa. Migration and Asylum: causes, factors and possible solutions

According to International Organization for Migration, (IOM), the Horn of Africa sub-region is currently one of the regions with a high number of internally displaced persons (IDPs).  This fact explains the large number of migrants who are not only seeking refuge in relatively stable neighbouring countries, but crossing into Europe as well. Although Syria is…

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Traditional healers

In Central and East Africa, the term most commonly used for a traditional healer is ng’anga. No one can doubt the fundamental role that this occupation still has in the field of health and health services in African societies. It is hard to define a ng’anga: he is a doctor, when he cures a disease;…

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Benin. Dancing with the spirits

The desire for  protection and justice takes on non-human appearances . The guardian of the night. The Pla, an ethnic group of fishermen, live in Gbecon, a small village on the banks of the Mono river in southern Benin. These people are particularly devoted to the worship of  Zangbeto, the guardian of the night. ‘Zan’,…

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An EU-Africa action plan to address the migration crisis

At a special summit which takes places on the next 11 and 12 November in Valletta, the EU will ask African leaders’ help to address the migration crisis. The challenge is a difficult one. EU states don’t agree with each other on a list of “safe countries” whose citizens are free from persecutions.  The purpose…

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Colombia. A long way to build peace

Government and FARC to sign peace agreement in March of 2016. But there are still stumbling blocks.  The announcement was made in Cuba, last 23 September, by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Timoleón Jiménez “Timochenko” after three years of negotiations. The two sides have…

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Syria: ‘Stealing our future’ …

Aleppo, the second largest city in Syria is almost completely destroyed. People live in fear. Many migrate in search of a future. Father Ibrahim Sabbagh, the parish priest of the Church of Saint Francis in Aleppo has sent to us his testimony. Syria is experiencing a tragic present and is losing its future. This is…

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Mexico. Priests in the sights of drug cartels …

The power of criminals continues to grow in the country.  Priests are not spared  threats and intimidation, but they continue to  denounce crime and injustice. The photo has been seen all around the world: Father Goyo celebrating mass, in a bullet-proof vest. “I’m not afraid, however the bullet-proof vest  protects me,” said the priest, pointing…

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A New EU migration Agenda: the Valetta Conference

The EU is confronted with a migration challenge of a scope that it has not seen before. In 2014 and 2015 the number of refugees entering the EU through the Central Mediterranean route has peaked. The number of refugees from Eritrea, increased from 1,889 in 2012 to 35,559 in 2014. The rising numbers of migrants…

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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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