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Monthly Archives: May 2019

Migration Between Regions.

Interregional migration, or the movement of people between geographic sub regions, is also a key feature of migration patterns on the continent. In 2017, Eastern and Western Africa were the regions from which most African migrants originated. Middle Africa recorded a strong increase with regard to international migrant stock, as the absolute number doubled, with…

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Catholic Church. Taking concrete steps to mitigate the migration crisis.

African bishops are aware that, when there is a massive movement of people, the countries that receive these displaced people may feel threatened. All too often the belief is that newcomers compete for scarce resources and this brings immigrants and refugees to be driven away, resented, or despised. The African bishops pointed out that ordinarily,…

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Mons. Angelelli. “The Romero of Argentina”.

On last 27 April, in La Rioja, Bishop Angelelli, together with two priests and a layman, was beatified: all four were killed during the time of the dictatorship because of their preferential option for the poor. A bishop must always “turn one ear to the Gospel and the other to the people”. The Argentine Enrique…

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Why the Bat Flies at Night.

0nce upon a time, the bat and the bush-rat were great friends. All day long they would go hunting in the bush together, dodging between the tall grasses and the stunted trees, and finding good things to eat. When evening came, they would take turns to cook the meal and then eat it together. But…

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Africa. Journalists are a target.

There are areas of Africa where it is difficult to work as a journalist. A journalist risks being jailed or even killed. Nevertheless, the number of investigating teams reporting on conflicts and revealing corruption and criminal trading is on the increase. They are not deterred even when threatened. A man is assassinated. A Ghanaian journalist.…

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Africa Internet. The new censorship.

Criticisms force governments to place restrictions on the Internet. Serious violations of human rights and grave consequences for local economies. At the same time, systems for by-passing the controls are proliferating. A method of closing down the Internet was implemented on a large scale in Egypt during the Arab Spring of 2011.  Now it is…

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Migrating in Africa. A continent on the Move.

Globally, in 2017, there were around 258 million international migrants, approximately 3.4% of the world population. Only 35% was from the south to the north of the world. The same trend was encountered in Africa: more than half (19,359,848  about 53.4%) of Africa’s international migrants in 2017 have remained on the continent, while 16,906,580 (46.5%)…

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South Sudan. Pope Francis: “No more war!”

On his knees before President Salva Kiir and the Vice-Presidents Designate who are to open a new government this month of May: “Peace is possible, let the armistice be respected. The people are worn out by past conflicts”. With some difficulty, he bent down before the political leaders of Sudan and kissed their feet. Pope…

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Laura Mvula. A Gospel for the Third Millennium.

A voice that  radiates all the moods and colours of Africa. She is one of the brightest stars of contemporary pop. A rather limited description in that her music is a combination of the Gospel music she grew up with and the soul music of the masters, the real old jazz-blues and danceable funky, with…

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Advocacy

Research and Rating, a tool of Advocacy.

Advocacy is a strategy used around the world by NGOs, activists, and even policy makers themselves, to influence policies. Advocacy is about creating reform of…

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Baobab

An Unhappy Fish.

0nce upon a time there was a colony of little fishes who lived together in their own small pool, isolated from the rest of the fish…

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Youth & Mission

Peace and Climate Justice is Needed to Save the Planet.

The world is afire again, the flames heartbreakingly consume shrubs, trees and forests in Australia, Portugal, Brazil, and recently in California and Siberia and elsewhere too.…

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