Monthly Archives: August 2017

War In The Sahel.

Although the plan to deploy a West African troop contingent, called the G5 Sahel Joint Force, presents an opportunity to improve much-needed cooperation among the Sahel countries, it will not be a game-changer in the fight against the persistent security challenges in the region. Yet, without adequate financial and logistical support from the United Nations…

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The Troubled Waters Of The Nile.

The basin of the Nile is the turf of different wars between the riverine states. The main conflict is between Egypt and Ethiopia, but there are other disputes that, on a lesser level, put the relations between these countries at risk. It is important to be aware of a situation that could be more destabilizing…

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Book review. The Chibok Girls

Chibok is perhaps the poorest and most neglected of all the twenty-seven local government areas in Borno State, in north-eastern Nigeria. It was recorded as an area of 1,350 km² with a population of 66,105 at the 2006 census. Most of the people are farmers and hunters, although many younger men and women occupied mid-level…

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Can Food Security Reduce Migration Flows?

Migration has become the main driver of EU’s development policies. Even food security policies are envisaged under this prism. According to a Dutch-based think tank there is a nexus between both but it does not work automatically. Experts conclude that priority should be given to policies which acknowledge human mobility as a pillar of sustainable…

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Arabic World. The Choices In Life.

A Comboni Missionary, who has been living in the Arabic world for almost 25 years, talks about his origin and how he feels working among Christians and Muslims. “My missionary experience changed from trying to proclaim values and to enlighten, into asking questions and accompanying people to reflect about realistic choices in life. A life…

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Democratic Republic Congo. Catholic Church Under Fire.

Churches, convents, schools, priests and bishops are under threat by violent youth groups and by militias. All protected by powerful people. In the capital Kinshasa there are groups of youths, called koluna, trained in aggression and violence. They are protected by powerful people. Father Julien Wato, the Dominican priest of Saint Dominic’s Church comments: “They…

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The Journey Of Initiation.

Initiation into voodoo is an important time that unequivocally marks the life of a person. It has the purpose of gradually calling the profane person from non-existence to existence as a sacred person, to make them become a voduni, the spouse of the voodoo (regardless of whether man or woman). This process is carried out…

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Brazil. Paths of freedom

Mobilization against pollution and injustice. Years of struggle to obtain the multinationals’ commitment to transferring the entire district of Piquiá de Baixo to a safe area far from pollution. The Comboni missionaries have supported the struggle of this community. A red powder coming from the smokestacks of the four steel companies – Gustavo Nordeste, Vale…

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Asia. The Rising Sun Looks Towards India.

Tokyo’s response to the “One Belt, One Road Initiative” (OBOR), the Panasian economical and infrastructural project promoted by Peking: Japan Infrastructure Initiative. How wide is its scope?  While, since last May, the attention of the international media has been focussed on the Belt and Road Forum of Peking attended by as many as 29 heads…

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African Music. The Sounds Of Soul.

African music is strictly linked to the cultural, economic, social, and magical-religious aspects of the society of this continent and one must listen to it carefully to capture the wide range of symbolic meanings. African musical instruments are a means to communicate with the human and the divine. In some cases, they have the power…

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Uganda. Marriage As A Clan Affair Among The Buganda

Marriage is one of the important aspects in the life of Buganda. The role of the in-laws. If the time has changed some characteristics steps to be made remain. Buganda kingdom is the largest organized of the traditional kingdoms in present day Uganda comprising all of Uganda’s Central region. Almost 52 clans make up the…

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Bahrain. A Pawn Between Saudi Arabia’s Insecurities and Iran’s Shiite.

Bahrain, known in Babylonian antiquity as Dilmun, is a small island Kingdom. It is in the Gulf between Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iran. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt on June 5 interrupted relations with Qatar accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs. Later similar measures were taken by…

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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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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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