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Culture June 2013

Film – The patience stone

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  The young woman talks to the man. He is motionless, he doesn’t answer. He can’t. He has been wounded in a fight with a bullet in his neck and is now in a coma. The woman, his wife, has been assisting him for weeks. Healing him as she can and following the mullah’s advice,…

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Music – Tcheka, batuque revisited

World music has become, during the years, a label used for artists with sometimes little in common, except that they don’t belong to mainstream western music genres. It might seem strange that this word fits (as it does) an artist that is actually part of a mainstream tradition – barely known by Westerners. Tcheka (whose…

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Mexico – “When the moon taught us to weave”

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  “In the beginning of the world the moon climbed into a tree. And there – runs a Mexican legend – it began to weave and embroider”. This is the ancient taste of the cloth. Hands move rapidly across the loom, repeating gestures that have been performed every day from time immemorial. Doña Yolanda smiles;…

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The African Harp – mystery and mystique

The African harp with its thousand sounds and uses takes the listener into the magical world of the music of the African continent. Whether large or small, the African harp almost always carries within itself a fundamental paradox: It is both simple and complex. The strings of the African harp, intended first of all to…

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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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