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Culture May 2018

African Myths. A door to the Mysteries of Creation.

In Africa, there are thousands of myths to explain what reason cannot explain. In a lot of them, God made man from clay, as in the Bible. In some, life and death are brought to men by animals. Myth always has something mysterious, hidden like the seed within a fruit, and somehow offers the explanation,…

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Togo/Benin. Tata Somba.

In the north of Togo and the north-east of Benin in the Atacora Range live the Betammaribe, also called Somba, a people with a history of great hunters and warriors.  Here we take a brief look at the architecture of their houses, unique and original in Western Africa. Scattered throughout a green valley among the…

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Uganda. The Karamojong. The Sky: The Final, Immense Savannah.

This ethnic group of agro-pastoral herders live in arid or semi-arid territories where they graze their flocks, build their villages and cultivate their crops. The vastness of their land, which seems to go over the horizon, the deep silence broken only by the voice of the wind, the immensity of the sky above them, are…

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Herbs & Plants. Syzygium cumini. An anti-diabetic plant.

It is commonly known as Jamun or Jambul. It is a multipurpose tree which is highly valued for its medicinal uses, edible fruits, strong heavy timber and good fuelwood. Its use as a source of medicine is dated back to thousands of years ago. Syzygium cumini can grow up to a height of about 30m…

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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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