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Culture May 2017

Mexico. Cosmovision and colours

The purple, carmín (deep red) and blue were very popular colours among ancient inhabitants of Mexico because they were associated with the population’s cosmovision. Colours were often symbols of power, strength, nobility, fertility, territory and culture. The three colours are of indigenous origin and today they are used in many communities to dye traditional garments…

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Ghana. Damba, a thanksgiving festival.

Each year, around May, the Gonjas people of Ghana’s Northern Region celebrate  the Damba festival, where Islam and indigenous customs come together. Three days of events and celebrations. To remember the past but also to discuss  currents issues. Bole is a small town and is the capital of Bole district, in the Northern Region of…

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Guatemala. Chichicastenango, an explosion of colours

This municipality of Maya heritage, which is located 140 km northwest of Guatemala city, is home to what is said to be the most colourful native market in Central America. A majestic display of colours, fabrics and textures, typical of ancient cultural syncretism. In the 16th century, Dominican monks built a stucco-white church, with wood…

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Balanites Aegyptiaca. A multi-purpose tree.

Balanites aegyptiaca is commonly known as desert date or Egyptian balsam. It is a small to medium-sized dry-land shrub or tree belonging to the Zygophyllaceae plant family. In traditional medicine it is used to treat and manage wide ranges of diseases. This is plant is multi-branched, growing up to l0m in height with a spherical…

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Advocacy

Homelessness, an Unexpected Advocacy.

Advocacy is about defending a noble cause and denouncing oppression and injustice. However, it should be also a source of inspiration for alternative solutions to…

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Baobab

How the hare lost his tail.

One day in the long, long ago the hare was walking through the forest. He was a good farmer and was on his way to inspect…

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Youth & Mission

Our Right to Speak for Climate Justice.

Hundreds of thousands of young people have taken to the streets from Johannesburg to London to demand radical action on the unfolding ecological emergency. It is a…

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