Culture October 2013

Colombia – Living in the city

Bogotá is home to 87 indigenous communities who fight to maintain their ancestral customs based on Good Living. About 20,000 indigenous people live in Bogotá, the Colombian capital with 7.4 million inhabitants. Muisca, Kichwa, Ambika Pijao, and Inga people are organized in five cabildos — semiautonomous administrative units recognized by the city government. There are…

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Music – Soul of Morocco

Try imagining a bossanova sung in Moroccan Arabic. Then make things even more difficult: imagine the author suddenly turning into a virtuoso soul singer. Now you have an idea of what the Soul of Morocco sounds like, according to Oum El Ghait Benessarahoui. Soul of Morocco, this 35-year-old artist explained, is her third album, but…

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Uganda – Atuwa: Celebrating friendship

Atuwa is a celebration among the Karimojong, an ethnic group of agro-pastoral herders living mainly in north-east Uganda. This feast is the most genuine expression of the African sense of brotherhood. In particular, it showcases Karimojong social traditions and lifestyle. The celebrations unfold between the September and November moons, at the end of the rainy…

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Benin – Cotonou by motorcycle taxi

Cotonou, Benin’s economic capital, is invaded by motorcycle taxis. In a local language they are zémidjans. They are the fastest way to get a ride from one part of the city to another. No MotoGP pilot could ever compete with reckless zémidjan drivers. Their motorbikes are fuelled by gasoline of dubious origin and leave behind…

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Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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