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Culture July 2015

Uganda. Reconciliation: drinking the sour and bitter Oput juice

Through their cultural and traditional justice system, Acholi people in northern Uganda address their intra-community problems. They call this process Mato Oput (the reconciliation process). In the Acholi traditional and cultural justice system, there are no denials, lies, or deceptions. Thus, whoever accepts to go through the process of truth-telling must tell the whole truth…

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South Sudan – the Spear Master

He is a spiritual guide and has the ability to mediate between God, totems and men. He is aware of the importance of education. Without hesitating he gave the land of his ancestors, with plenty of mango and tamarind trees and monkeys for the building of a school, and he moved elsewhere. Guricdit Marialjual lives…

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Book Review – Africa’s New Oil

At present, there is no political analyst, journalist or pundit that can avoid mentioning oil when examining sub-Saharan Africa’s situation and prospects. So, any new book dealing with the topic is likely to be met, at first, with some skepticism: is it really shedding new light on the issue – one could ask himself –…

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Music. Keur Gui: hip hop for change

Their country did not change, they say, so they didn’t either. More than three years have passed since Macky Sall replaced Abdoulaye Wade as the president of Senegal and four since the protest movement Y’en a marre was started in Dakar. But the Keur Gui duo (that is, rappers Thiat and Kilifeu), which took part…

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Advocacy

10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Baobab

Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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