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Culture November 2016

Zanthoxylum chalybeum. The antidiabetic herb.

It is a tropical plant that grows in medium to low altitudes of dry woodland or grassland. Laboratory scientific tests indicate that the plant is effective also with a number of diseases including malaria, sickle cell anemia, diabetes and worms. Zanthoxylum chalybeum, also called ‘knob wood’ in English, is a deciduous spiny shrub. In Greek,…

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Mexico. Sowiki, a drink for life.

The Tarahumara people, who call themselves the Rarámuri, are one of the ethnic groups that inhabit the Sierra Tarahumara in the State of Chihuahua in northern Mexico. This group keeps traditions alive through celebrations and in particular through a drink. The Raramuri people have settled down for almost a thousand years in a region  among…

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Guinea Bissau. A people with a strong identity.

The Bijagos, a small ethnic group, struggling to preserve their cults and autonomy. The Bijago archipelago consists of 88 islands scattered off the coast of the African nation Guinea Bissau. The population is composed  mainly of the Bijagó ethnic group, which  speaks the Bidyogo language. The archipelago, in 1996, was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. …

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Latin America – Day of the Dead

From ancient indigenous rituals to modern celebrations. Remembrance, respect and prayer for the dead, with flowers and food. The origins of the celebration of the Day of the Dead are found in the ancient indigenous traditions of the Aztecs, Mayas, Purépecha, Nahuas and Totonacas who, for three thousand years,  performed rituals dedicated to their ancestors.…

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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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