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Culture October 2018

Morocco / The Ancient City Of Tétouan. The Embrace Of Medina.

A beauty now, the patrimony of humanity. Most of all a place of relations and social solidarity that goes against the individualism of modernity. Tétouan is a city in the north-east of Morocco, between the Mediterranean and the slopes of the Western Rif mountain range. Medina (an ancient city), a UNESCO World Heritage Site since…

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Ethiopia. The Sidama People. “Magano”, The First Ancestor.

The Sidama people are a deeply religious ethnic group that lives in southern Ethiopia. They say that ‘Magano (God), created their ancestors and took them away’. The Sidama people, who inhabit the southern part of Ethiopia, have always been farmers and shepherds. However, today, because of the high density of population and education, pastoral life…

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The Quitapenas. The Dolls From Guatemala

The indigenous  created the quitapenas many generations ago as a remedy for worrying and sadness. Guatemalan artisans create these tiny dolls by winding cloth and yarn and use scraps of traditional colorful woven fabric to make their costumes. They place a set of 6 dolls (generally representing three women and three men) in tiny wooden…

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Plant & People. Vitex doniana. Multipurpose Tree.

Vitex doniana (Family Verbenaceae) is a useful, multi-purpose tree providing food, medicines and timber to a number of communities. It is a medium-sized deciduous tree which is widespread in the savannah regions of Africa especially in Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The plant grows…

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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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