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Churches February 2014

South Sudan – Welcome to the Rainbow Centre

John arrived at the Rainbow Centre, four years ago, in the morning, Sister Joan remembers it as if it was yesterday “I immediately sent a catechist to the market to buy John a dress, a blanket and  some soap”, this Comboni missionary sister with an iron will and a sweet smile remembers. “The boy”, she…

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South Sudan – “We are tired of war”

“This violence is not the result of ethnic rivalry, but a political division among members of the same party. I do not believe we will return to war, simply because the South Sudanese do not want it. They paid way too high a tribute in blood for their independence and now just want to live…

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Liberia – Among West Point Shacks

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The name, brings to mind the famous American military academy, but West Point is a strip of land just a bit longer than a kilometer and 400 meters wide, connected to the rest of the shoreline by the Zolu Duma bridge. It is the largest slum on the outskirts of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia,…

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Bolivia – Market theology

The market has a bit of everything – fruit and vegetables and then there are rice, baby food, galoshes, vermicelli and pumpkins as well as all sorts of meat and fish. One characteristic of the market is the great number of pedlars selling their sandwiches, ready meals, ice cream and an amount of beverages such…

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Advocacy

10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Baobab

Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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