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Yearly Archives: 2023

Egypt. Between Crisis and Ambition.

The country is trying everything to recover from the deep economic crisis deriving, first, from the Covid-19 pandemic, then from the continuation of the Russian-Ukrainian war, and is also trying to strengthen its international relations. The Covid-19 pandemic, first, and then the outbreak of the Russo-Ukrainian war, is having a strong impact on Cairo’s economy,…

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DR Congo. Katanga and the Cobalt Mines.

About 70% of the blue mineral produced globally comes from the DR Congo. And the southeast province is the area with the largest mines. Environmental dangers, exploitation and corruption surround the blue mineral. From 2035, the sale of vehicles powered by fossil fuels will be banned in the countries of the European Union. This decision…

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Sara Raymi. Feast of the Sun, Andean New Year’s Day.

On 21 June, the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, Andean cultures celebrate the new year. Fire, music, fruit and corn are the symbols. And open palms to thank and welcome. On 21 June, the winter solstice, Andean cultures celebrate the beginning of a new year, 5531. In Cochabamba-Bolivia, in the province of Quillacollo, the…

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Rare Earths: four recipes for safe supply chains.

The growing demand for Rare Earths for energy transition requires more resilient supply chains. Are stockpiling and recycling part of the solution? In the coming years, energy transition and the progressive electrification of our economies will increase the consumption of Rare Earths and other elements, such as lithium, cobalt, nickel, and copper collectively indicated as…

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Rajagopal. Towards a dignified life.

As Gandhi’s heir, he brought the method of non-violence to the conflicts of youth gangs and peasant marches for land rights. In May he was awarded the 2023 Niwano Prize. He has himself called just by his first name to avoid being identified with a caste. And for fifty years in India – following the…

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DR Congo. A Light at the End of the Tunnel.

Thousands of children are deprived of a future in the cobalt mines of the Congo. The commitment of a group of Sisters is giving them hope. Denise feels her way down the stony slope. Close to a huge mine runs a stream. The ten-year-old girl looks around shyly. Women immerse themselves in muddy brown water…

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Netflix. African Folktales, Reimagined.

It is a series of six short films produced by Netflix made by young directors of the Continent. The project, supported by UNESCO, aims to enhance African cultural wealth. The young African cinema grows and develops in a feminine way. Netflix has produced six short films shot by six young male and female directors from…

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Ecuador. June Festivals.

During the month of June, various traditional festivals are celebrated, including Inti Raymi, thanksgiving to the sun and the earth, for the abundance of crops. The history of these festivals dates back to the Inca empire when they were established to venerate the Sun King and Mother Earth (Pachamama) for the favours received in the…

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Benin. The Artists of Abomey. ‘The Oral Historians’.

Between 1600 and 1900 the city of Abomey was the pride of the kingdom of Dahomey (today’s Benin). Court art developed there, in which genius, talent, and inspiration served above all to exalt the figure of the king. Dahomey, also known as the kingdom of Abomey, after the capital, occupied the south-central part of what…

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DRC – China. The honeymoon is over.

The honeymoon is over between the World’s first cobalt producer, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the main consumer and producer of batteries for electric vehicles, China. The terms of the existing infrastructure-for-minerals deals may change but both countries need badly each other. For about a year, a major conflict opposes the two main players…

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Brazil. Manaus. Sister Liliana and children of the favelas.

On the outskirts of the capital of the state of Amazonas, the Casa Mamãe Margarida school helps vulnerable girls to find hope and the concreteness of the Gospel in education and training. Sr. Liliana Daou Lindoso, the Salesian Sister in charge of the house, tells us about it. St. Joseph the Worker is a dormitory…

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Chad. Promoting Integral Health.

At St Michael’s Hospital in Donomanga, Chad, a team of health professionals, co-ordinated by the Mexican Comboni Missionary Brother and medical doctor, Juan Carlos Salgado, does everything possible to ensure that patients are treated with respect and professionalism, healing them and helping them to have hope. We went to visit the Hospital. We left Laï,…

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Advocacy

Rajagopal. Towards a dignified life.

As Gandhi's heir, he brought the method of non-violence to the conflicts of youth gangs and peasant marches for land rights. In May he was…

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Baobab

Aborigine Myth. The creation of the world.

A long time ago, Yhi, the goddess of the Sun, created the animals. She brought them to life by removing them from the icy depths of…

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Youth & Mission

Pope to WYD participants: Lisbon 2023 a chance to grow…

Pope Francis has sent a video message to young people registered for World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, on 1-6 August, and urges them to prepare…

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