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Churches November 2011

Myanmar – Young at heart

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     Myanmar is now a world-famous country because of Aung San Suu Kyi, heroine of democracy. But she is not alone. In his autobiography, From the Land of Green Ghosts, Pascal Khoo Thwe wrote about his experience as a guerrilla fighter who had a chance to go and study in the UK. In the…

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Malawi – Where there is smoke ….

    Little known to the outside world, civic life in Malawi is degrading by the day. Since the arrival of multiparty democracy, Malawi has experienced its share of ups and downs, with governments prone to corruption and autocratic temptations. Bingu wa Mutharika – the president of the day – is no different. He is…

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Lesotho – Disappointments

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     Last October, Matebello Makhanya left her village of Ramabanta early in the morning and travelled 60 km to Maseru, Lesotho’s capital, in the hope of seeing a dentist at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, the largest in the country – only to be told that the hospital was about to be closed and dental…

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Dialogue – Challenging relationship

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     In West Africa, people have been relatively free of religious conflicts except in Nigeria. Why is Nigeria the exception? Since the 1980s one can count more than twenty major crises. These crises often begin as a result of some social, ethnic or political misunderstanding and soon assume a religious dimension. It should be…

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Advocacy

Rely on one own strength first.

We are in Pikine, a Dakar suburb, Senegal. Father Armel Duteil, is the one telling the story. He is an 80-year-old Spiritan missionary. French by…

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Baobab

The Water-Buffalo and the Tiger.

Once there lived a hard-working farmer in a small village who had a water-buffalo. Every day, with his plough on his shoulder, he led his water-buffalo…

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Youth & Mission

Nine Challenges Facing Young People in Syria.

For over nine years, violence and displacement have devastated opportunities for youth across the country. Here are nine of the most pressing challenges facing young people…

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