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Culture July 2012

Music – Mouse Boys

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  Malawi is the first country in Africa I visited. Once I left Blantyre and moved south towards the border with Mozambique in Gambula – and the then on-going war – I saw children selling mice along the road. My guide explained that people prized roasted mice with their maize meal at night. Children, in…

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ZIFF – Evaluation time

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  After six years at the helm of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), Martin Mhando moves on. Mhando is a Tanzanian filmmaker. He has directed feature films and documentaries. His Maangamizi has won a number of awards and was selected to represent Tanzania at the Oscar in 2002 for the Best Foreign Film. He is…

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Zimbabwe – The afterlife club

  Many cultures in Southern Africa place great importance in death and the rituals that revolve around it. The death of a member of the community challenges the life of the whole community. This is why funeral rites must be observed carefully. On the one hand, only properly performed rituals ensure the complete passage to…

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Fast food – New trends

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  Travelling through most of Africa, people realize how difficult it is to find proper eating places. It is not question of lacking restaurants or food kiosks. The main problem is how much to trust local ingredients and hygiene. As many travellers experienced, even the smartest of joints may conceal unforeseen outcomes, usually very nasty…

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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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