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Culture June 2017

Combretum Collinum. Highly Valued Medicinal Plant.

The plant plays a fundamental role in treatment and management of numerous kinds of diseases. The preparation of the herbal remedy from Combretum collinum can be in the form of infusions, or as a decoction. Combretum collinum (Fresen); commonly referred to as bush willows belongs to the plant family combretaceae. It is a small to…

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Brazil. Bumba Meu Boi. A Passionate and Rhythmic Folkloric Festival.

A very comic-dramatic dance and festival, particularly in Northern Brazil, Bumba-Meu-Boi tells the story of the death and resurrection of an ox. Beginning as a simple street festival, over time the festival has incorporated local legends, music and dances wherever it is performed. In this month of June, with different names, it is celebrated throughout …

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Panama. The Dance of the Macaws.

Every June, La Villa de los Santos celebrates the traditional Feast of Corpus Christi, mixing religion with popular festivities. Dances, theatrical performances, and parading parrampanes and mojigangas take over the town for several days. One of the important dances performed  during the feat is the ‘Dirty Little Devils’. La Villa is a town in the…

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Peru. The Inca woven rope bridge.

Q’eswachaka is the last surviving example of an Inca suspension woven rope bridge in the Andes. It is made of natural fibres and built according to pre-Columbian techniques. Each June, four rural communities carry out an ancient tradition that stems back to the age of the Incan civilization; they spend three days rebuilding the rope…

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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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