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Culture December 2013

Togo – The Beginning of Life

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For the peoples of southern Togo, the birth of a child signifies the return of an ancestor. We present some rites that accompany the introduction of the newborn into the cosmos and society.   In Africa, birth is never just an ordinary, monotonous, or indifferent event. This is because every birth is the affirmation of…

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Kenya, Maasai – This name goes with you

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Maasai life is full of feasts and festivities and occasions to celebrate. Looking at a Maasai man’s or woman’s life-cycle gives a fair overview of the rich and full life they celebrate. This will become clear with the description of a particular ceremony: a child’s name-giving. During the first four to six months of life,…

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Film – Kinshasa kids

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“The screenplay for Kinshasa Kids was born out of a kaleidoscope of different lives.” These words, by the Belgian film director Marc-Henri Wainberg, say a lot about this movie. It won the Council of Europe’s prize for human rights, and can be described as an attempt to provide an insight into Kinshasa’s street life through…

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Eritrea: the Cunama – Getting out

The Cunama, also known as the Baza, are a small ethnic group considered the most ancient of Eritrea’s inhabitants. They now number around 120,000 in Eritrea (roughly 2% of the total population), 15,000 in Sudan, and 5,000 in Ethiopia. The life of the Cunama, from birth to old age – and even after death, is…

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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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