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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

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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