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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Senegal. Ina Thiam: “Photographers put their soul in each image”.

Young Senegalese artist Ina Tiam takes fashion shoots in places covered with rubbish and plastic around the capital Dakar, to denounce the degradation of the city. Her pictures of young and attractive girls dressed in expensive clothes, but surrounded by plastic, garbage and all kinds of waste, have gone around the world. However, that is…

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Kenya. Maasai. The Course Of Life.

Exact rites mark the passage to an age group or becoming a member of a particular group. In this way, identity and world vision are preserved.  At birth, a child receives a provisional name that is later replaced with a name chosen during a ceremony that is the same both for girls and for boys.…

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South Africa. The Catholic Church. In Search Of A New Presence.

The Catholic Church celebrates the bicentenary of its presence in South Africa. From the colonial era to the fight against apartheid.  In search of a new way of being present in South African society. The presence of the Catholic Church can be traced back to lay Catholics in what is now the Western Cape during…

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Herbs & People. Pseudocedrela kotschyi. Fracture Healing Plant.

It is a medicinal plant whose therapeutic values undoubtedly have a folkloric background as it has been used in the treatment of various diseases by traditional healers. Pseudocedrela kotschyi (Maliaceae Family) is a small, deciduous and monoecious tree with an oblong to pyramid-shape, usually having a dense crown, and grows to a height of about…

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Bangladesh. A Country In Contrast.

Geography, demography, history, faith and politics are inextricably intertwined in determining the reality known as Bangladesh. Many positive elements and progress in many areas have marked its journey since independence, but an equal number of elements render difficult a view into its future. The country is mostly a flat area in the combined delta of…

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The land right, a first remedy to injustice.

Hunger and homelessness continued to rise in major North American cities. Unemployment, employment-related problems, and low-paying jobs are likely contributing to hunger. High housing costs cause lack of affordable housing and are a source of mental illness. Social problems arise from substance abuse while emergency shelters turned away many from family life. The millions who…

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Algeria. A Church In The Desert.

The number of Christians in Algeria is not high, however, they are generally well accepted by the Algerian society. The experience of a White Missionary who has spent fifty years of his life in this country. The conversion of a Muslim to Christianity is not prohibited in Algeria. In fact, the Algerian Constitution provides for…

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Uganda. Between Deforestation And Land Grabbing.

The increase of the population, the great demand of coal and the search for fertile land, drain the forest surface of Uganda. But there is also more; illegal logging by businessmen, in collusion with the authorities, promote what will end up being a disaster if it is not stopped. Kajjansi Central Forest Reserve sitting on…

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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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