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Colombia: Drug cartel ‘miniaturization’

Colombia was home to legendary drug traffickers in the 90s, and despite the demise of several drug cartels in the 2000s, the area cultivated with coca in the country has not decreased, and considerable incomes have been earned from Colombian cocaine traffic over the past 20 years. This index, according to some analysts, reveals the…

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Latin America – Drug trafficking: the mafia octopus

Drug trafficking can have a severe impact on a country’s economy and politics. It can affect the backbone of society creating a vicious circle where the illegal economy ends up by becoming indispensable to the national economy. Cocaine trafficking revenues amount to about 500 billion dollars per year and criminal economy, as a whole, accounts…

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Myanmar – Tattoo not taboo

From ancient time to nowadays, tattoo has became part of Burma’s culture. Between art and mysticism. An old Burmese saying goes: “Getting married, building a pagoda and getting a tattoo are the three things that once undertaken can only be altered afterwards with great difficulty”. Despite the advice, tattooing has become fashionable again among today’s…

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Music – Vusi Mahlasela

Vusi Mahlasela can truly be considered a perfect son of the South Africa Nelson Mandela believed in, the ‘Rainbow Nation’. In other words, those of the renowned writer and 1991 Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, ‘his tender and strong voice was ours, South Africa’s. He sings our changes, our achievements as a free people, and our…

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Guinea-Bissau – The sacrifice of the rooster

The Manjak people are an ethnic group living in Guinea-Bissau. They number about 100,000 and are scattered throughout both the continental and insular region. They are mainly rice cultivators. Keeping cultural traditions alive is important among this group. The ritual and traditions related to marriage are among the most interesting ones. During the kakaw, when…

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Book review – Horn of Africa

Broaden the discussion in order to make the topic simpler: paradoxical as it may seem, that is exactly what Kidane Mengisteab does – quite successfully – in his book The Horn of Africa, which aims to deal with two crucial challenges. In the author’s own words, ‘one is to provide a comprehensive and yet concise…

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Sinai: a prison for African migrants

Thousands of migrants, primarily Eritrean, are often kidnapped, tortured and blackmailed by networks of traffickers. Sister Azezet Kidane fights for their liberation and dignity. The phone never stops ringing, at any time of the day. And she answers all calls. Sister Azezet Habtezghi Kidane, Comboni missionary, has no respite, since she tries to help those…

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Ethiopia – Bushulo Catholic Health Centre

The health centre has been serving the community since 1979. It is situated at 6 km south of Awassa in southern Ethiopia. As a health institution of the Vicariate of Awassa, it provides a multitude of health care services. The Centre is run by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) Sisters. Health is a major…

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Christians in Arab Countries

Mgr. Maroun Lahham, Auxiliary Bishop of Jerusalem and Patriarchal Vicar in Jordan gives us an overview of the Christians in Arab countries. The Arab countries, which we are taking into consideration are: Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. We are not including the northern African Arab and the Gulf countries because it’s been centuries…

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Arab countries – Christians, facing the challenges

Bishop Maroun Lahham talks to us about the struggle of being a Christian in Arab countries. What are the main difficulties that the Christian community has to deal with in Arab countries? Arab Christians have been a minority for years and they are aware of this. The feeling of being a minority has developed among…

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World Cup 2014 – Dreaming for African teams

Starting the 12th of June to the 13th of July global attention will shift to Brazil focusing on football’s biggest competition where the best teams in the world compete for the biggest and most coveted prize in football the FIFA World Cup. We take a look at the African teams. Four years ago the African…

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South Africa – The Anc wins, but

Apparently, nothing has changed, but maybe something will. On May 7, South Africans flocked to the polling stations, and chose again the African National Congress (Anc) and its presidential candidate, the sitting president Jacob Zuma, to lead the country for the next five years. The landslide victory of the former liberation movement, which got around…

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Advocacy

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Pope Francis advocates for poor countries’…

In his Easter Urbi et Orbi message, Pope Francis urged all nations to “meet the greatest needs of the moment through the reduction, if not…

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Baobab

The Chimpanzee and the Crocodile.

0nce upon a time the chimpanzee and the crocodile were good friends. At midday, the chimpanzee would always go to the riverbank and call the crocodile:…

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Youth & Mission

African Youth Sowing Seeds Of Peace.

Starting afresh from children to build a peaceful future in Africa. Rely on their energies to transform the continent into a better place. This is the sense…

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