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Culture October 2016

Trinidad and Tobago. Shango, sticking to roots.

Unknown to most people, and often considered a mere folkloric tradition, the Shango ritual plays an important role in the lives of  many inhabitants of  the islands of Trinidad and Togabo. The Shango is a religious ritual which is still practiced today in the islands of Trinidad and Tobago where the majority of the population…

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Malawi. Sharing in a beer party

Sitting in a circle. To chat, to exchange news, to joke and laugh. Chewa people enjoy staying together, strengthening family bonds and meeting new friends. To share food and drinks is so important part. The role of beer is seen as the cement of the community, the ‘ferment’ of unity. The Chewa proverb says, ‘Chibale…

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Shea butter tree. The skin’s best friend

It is a multi-purpose tree and is highly valued not only for its economic and dietary value, but also for its medicinal uses. The Shea butter tree is considered sacred in many communities around Africa because of the bounty of goodness it can bring to the skin, hair, beauty and health of a person. The…

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Guatemala. Quetzal: ‘God of the Air’

It is one of the most enigmatic and elusive birds in the world. It is a symbol, a nation. The first sight of a quetzal in the wild is unforgettable.  The Guatemalan high forests are mysterious. Others say mystic. This forest, a green belt of dense jungle crowning the Maya Forest – a region shared…

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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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