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Culture May 2016

Prunus Africana. A Wonder Medicinal Plant

It belongs to the Rosaceae family and it is also called the red stinkwood tree. The plant is called stinkwood because it has wood with an unpleasant odour. The genus name ‘Prunus’ is derived from the Latin word which refers to the plum family and the scientific name “Prunus africana” refers to the species of…

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Ivory Coast, singing against terror.

Grand Bassam is wounded, and yet, she sings. Or better, a number of Ivorian artists have chosen to celebrate through their music the city’s strength and resilience a few weeks after the attacks that, on 13 March left 19 dead on the beach of the renowned Ivorian tourist destination. It was a Sunday, when a…

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Book review – Islam and the future of tolerance.

From the moment when the 11/9 attacks inevitably changed the way in which a number of issues were communicated to and perceived by the general public, Islam has been at the heart of many discussions at every level. It’s extremely striking, though, that fifteen years after those tragic events, despite all the changes that the…

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Mexico. The Huicholes’ Drum Festival.

At the end of the rain season and after the harvest, the Wirraritari, as the Huicholes call themselves in their native language, thank their gods for their protection and generosity with a nightly celebration, a tradition which  they have inherited from their ancestors. The Huichol people are an ethnic group living in the Sierra Madre…

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Advocacy

Feeding people during the Covid-19 emergency.

With the declaration of the health emergency in Ecuador, all activities and services taking care of poor people were suspended. The experience of Caritas’ dining…

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Baobab

The Herons and the Tortoise.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful lake, near a big mountain. There lived many animals in the water and on the banks of the…

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Youth & Mission

Young People lead the protest against racism, discrimination and social…

More and more young people are joining protests around the world and are playing an increasingly important role to protest against racism, discrimination and social inequality. Is…

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