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Culture August 2014

El Salvador – Ancestral knowledge to cultivate the land

Agro-ecological practices include the use of native seeds, organic fertilizer, biological pest control, crop rotation, and respect of the ecosystems. There are no shortcuts to wisdom. There also is no magic formula to retain knowledge and pass it on to future generations. El Salvador is beginning to understand now that its soil and food are…

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India. The Garo People: Culture and Dances

The Garos people live in the northeast of India, in the state of Meghalaya. They are distributed over a hilly area, hence the name Garo Hills. After territorial partition that created modern India and Pakistan, well over one hundred thousand live over the border, in northeastern Bangladesh. Those living in Bangladesh generally prefer to call…

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Kenya. The Maasai Elders

There are two important rituals which ‘aspiring elders’ must undergo before being fully recognised as ‘elders’. The first of these rites is called Olngesherr and is an approval of the elder status. During the ceremony, the elders take the name of a new group which permanently marks their generation. The main characteristics of this complicated…

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South Sudan. Dinka peace and reconciliation process

The Dinka people are the largest ethnic group in South Sudan. They live mostly in the Bahr el Ghazal region of the Nile basin, Jonglei and parts of southern Kordufan and Upper Nile regions. They are mainly agri-pastoral people. The conflict-reconciliation resolution is an important event in Dinka society. The conflict-reconciliation cycle has four components:…

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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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