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Culture May 2012

Music – Folila

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  Followers of World Music have known Amadou and Mariam for over a decade, before they became popular in France and, later, in the rest of Europe. Their single Je pense à toi was a hit on French radio, and their album Dimanche à Bamako was well received throughout the old continent. Amadou and Mariam are in their…

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East Africa – The changing face of pastoralism

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  Pastoralist groups have controlled the savannahs of East Africa for centuries. These are arid and semi-arid lands that cannot easily be used for agriculture, but do sustain grazing. Besides, until the early XX century, the population of the region was small, allowing for great swathe of land to remain unoccupied. Demographic changes and the…

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Madagascar – Feast of life and death

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  In the south of Madagascar live the Bara, a cluster of 18 ethnic groups that share language and culture. They live in a arid land, where agriculture cannot thrive, and so they developed an economy based on husbandry. They also developed an interesting relationship with death and the deceased. The Bara claim that death…

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DR Congo – Bye Bye, Gorilla

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  UNESCO director Irina Bokova received in March “worrying information” concerning the resumption of oil exploration in the Virunga National Park by Soco International. Similar concern was expressed on March 28 by the Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders during his meeting with President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa. José Endundo, the Congolese Minister of Environment who…

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Advocacy

Silencing the Guns in Africa.

On 27 February 2019, the Security Council welcomed the African Union’s “determination to rid Africa of conflicts and create conditions favorable for the growth, development…

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Baobab

How the Dogs Came.

A long time ago there were no domestic animals, all were wild, and all were the enemy of man. They feared him, and he feared them,…

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Youth & Mission

Pan-African Youth Leadership Development.

The Leadership Development and Mentorship program has an ambitious agenda for training tomorrow’s leaders across Africa. Africa is by far the world’s youngest continent, with a median…

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