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Culture April 2014

Mexico – The Planting Celebration

Mexico is a country that has venerated corn for many centuries. This is evident not only in the varied cuisine based on this grain, but also in the many enduring customs related to its worship. We look at the planting celebration. Corn is the divine grain, a key component of the human myth of origin…

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Uganda – The Blessing ceremony

In the Karimojong group living in north-east Uganda, time is marked by ethnic seasonal festivals. ‘Akitocol’, is one of these, it is the eldersí feast: male youth make offerings of respect to the elderly (ngikasikou) in the form of meat. Karimojong individuals become official members and can have their say in the community after they…

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Music – Corneille, make me peace

‘It’s the red squares in Rue Saint Denis, it’s the homecoming in Kigali, it’s the Maghreb in spring, it’s president Mandela’. These lines, originally sung in French, from the opening track, Le sommet de nos vies (the peak of our lives) are probably the best possible synthesis of the content of Corneille’s newest album, Entre…

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The Locust Effect

This is a book you should avoid reading, if you do not want to have nightmares, that is. The Locust Effect is a book that starts hard and never lets go. From the word go, it offers a gruesome description of awful crimes, crimes that you will find reprehensible. And yet, they are nothing less…

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Advocacy

The 4 Freedoms.

One of the most important aims of advocacy is building strong democracy and democratic organizations to hold those in power accountable, expanding citizen’s understanding of…

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Baobab

The Water in Olive Lake.

Long, long ago, a mother and her son lived by Olive Lake below Olive Mountain. The mother was very, very old and could not work anymore.…

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Youth & Mission

Youth on the frontline against Covid - 19.

In the time of Coronavirus, young people have organised to prevent COVID-19 from spreading and supporting their communities. In Cameroon, Achalake Christian, the coordinator of Local…

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