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Monthly Archives: June 2019

Herbs & Plants. Funtumia elastic. A medicinal African rubber tree.

Highly valued in traditional medicine for treatment and management of a number of diseases and disorders. Funtumia elastic, commonly named ‘silk rubber’, is a medium-sized deciduous tree with distribution from Guinea to Cameroon and in the Congo basin, and along the Nile basin in Egypt, Sudan, and in east Africa, especially in Tanzania and Uganda.…

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Catholic Church Commitments.

With a Catholic population of over 80% of its 100 million inhabitants, the Philippines has a special character. With an identity that is due equally to ancient colonisation from Spain and more recent colonisation by the United States, it is, from the usual Asian viewpoint, an outpost of Westernisation in the Orient. The archipelago, in…

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Eastern Africa. Tensions between Kigali and Kampala.

Tension is escalating between Uganda and Rwanda. A crisis is developing that is affecting the entire region. Tension between Uganda and Rwanda, but also at Rwandan borders with Burundi and Congo is rising.  By end April, Canada, Germany, Belgium, France and Australia told their nationals to move cautiously in particular in the border areas. On…

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Ethiopia. A Grain of Hope.

Bonga is one of the capitals of Ethiopian coffee. At the corner of every alleyway, one of those tiny coffee shops known as ‘buna bets’ is inevitably found. We start our journey to the deep heart of Ethiopia from this small town. It may be a small, plain, rural sort of town but Bonga has…

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Brazil. Horizons of hope.

A place where children find understanding and dignity. Comboni Missionary Father Saverio Paolillo explains. In the Marcos Moura quarter, in the outskirts of Santa Rita, a town in the state of Paraíba in north-east Brazil, an initiative called Project Legal is in action. A group of men and women take in children and maladjusted adolescents.…

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Advocacy

A Special Advocacy Action.

International organisms during this pandemic are under scrutiny and surely for many and good reasons. However, even in the weed fields some good wheat can…

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Baobab

Why the Bananas Belong to the Monkey.

Once upon a time when the world had just been made and there was only one kind of banana, but very many kinds of monkeys, there…

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Youth & Mission

Young People Fighting For Democracy.

From Bangkok to Lagos, from Harare to Hong Kong, from Lima to Santiago, young people are fighting for Democracy and Human Rights. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic…

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