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Culture June 2016

Music – Farewell to Papa Wemba

It is not common for the Vatican spokesperson to release an interview to remember a music star, but for Papa Wemba, Fr. Federico Lombardi made what can be regarded as a notable exception. The Jesuit priest, as director of the press office of the Holy See, has more often to deal with the interpretation of…

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Mexico. The Xitas, the symbol of cultural continuity.

Temascalcingo is a small municipality in the north-western area of the State of Mexico.  The name of this town comes from a Nahuatl word meaning ‘place of the small temascal’ (a pre-Hispanic sweat lodge). Here, myths of origin have become traditions re-enacted at festive gatherings held year after year with the involvement of the entire…

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South Sudan. The Lokoya. A people’s comunity life

The Lokoya people are situated in Eastern Equatoria in the Southern Sudan.  They are estimated to be around thirty thousand people. The economic activities of the community are carried out in accordance with the season of the year. They have four seasons: dry season, wet season, mid-rainy season and harvest season. Some aspects of their…

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Book review – Transitional Justice

Starting a conflict, history shows, might be quite easy; ending it is undoubtedly harder. The most difficult, and in some cases even daunting, challenge for leaders and policy-makers, however is how to reconcile a country, or a community, which has experienced such a deep rift. This is something that the citizens of many African states…

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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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