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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

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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