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Culture October 2015

Egypt. The hidden charm of graves

The City of the Dead, or simply Al-Qarafa (the cemetery), as the inhabitants of Cairo call this extreme place on the border between the countryside and the city, between the living and the dead, is the largest cemetery in Egypt and home to  hundreds of thousands of ‘souls in the flesh’. This Islamic cemetery in…

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Nicaragua. The Nica Halloween

The Agüizotes Feast is celebrated on the last Friday of October. Ghosts, which have struck the imagination of children, young people and adults for centuries, come out and walk about the dark alleys of the city of Masaya in the darkness of the night. Los Agüizotes is the festival in Nicaragua where death comes disguised…

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Music. DR Congo. Rhythm from the mines

Times have changed and even the performers’ faces have, but more than fifty years later, the ‘Jecoke’ are still there, in Lubumbashi. This Congolese city is mostly known for being the capital of the resource-rich province of Katanga (which, according to a recently approved law, is due to be split in four in the near…

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Peru/Bolivia. Life around Lake Titicaca

Few borders in the world show as much cultural similarity on both sides as the one between Peru and Bolivia. In the Andean highlands, Lake Titicaca joins these two countries whose cultures have evolved together for most of history. There is no change of culture or scenery when you cross to the other side. Lake…

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Advocacy

The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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Baobab

The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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