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Culture August 2018

Herbs & People. Momordica charantia. A unique anti-diabetic plant.

Commonly known as bitter melon or bitter gourd, it is a climbing vine whose leaves and green fruits have been used in traditional medicine to fight cancer, diabetes and many infectious diseases despite its being very bitter. It is a widely distributed plant especially in Africa, Asia, and South America.  This herbaceous, slender climber has…

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Cinema. The Black Star Of Hollywood.

‘The Black Panther’ by Ryan Coogler, the first superhero movie, is the greatest cultural moment of the year. The struggle for black self-determination in the American country. The Church of Christ Trinity of Chicago did it. The Virginia Baptist Church also did it. And even in Memphis’s New Direction Christian Church and Hill City Church…

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Uganda/Kakwa. Marriage. Writing A Letter.

The Kakwa people are a small minority group living in north-western Uganda.  The bride-price for a blessing to the newly married.  Among the Kakwa tribe in Uganda, many girls dream of a rich man who will be able to give her parents the highest bride price before asking for their hands in marriage. This will…

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Peru. Weaving by the sea.

The arts of crocheting and fishing narrate the stories of the beaches of northern Peru. Peru has always been a land of weavers since pre-Inca times. The finest varieties of cotton such as tanguis, pima and native cotton are cultivated in the north of the country. But Peru is also a land of fishermen, who…

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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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