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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

Research and Rating, a tool of Advocacy.

Advocacy is a strategy used around the world by NGOs, activists, and even policy makers themselves, to influence policies. Advocacy is about creating reform of…

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Baobab

An Unhappy Fish.

0nce upon a time there was a colony of little fishes who lived together in their own small pool, isolated from the rest of the fish…

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Youth & Mission

Peace and Climate Justice is Needed to Save the Planet.

The world is afire again, the flames heartbreakingly consume shrubs, trees and forests in Australia, Portugal, Brazil, and recently in California and Siberia and elsewhere too.…

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