Culture September 2015

Africa. Warbugia ugandensis: a miraculous plant

Warburgia ugandensis (family Canellaceae) is also known as the ‘Uganda Green Heart Tree’. This evergreen tree is a dominant species in Uganda, Kenya and in some parts of Ethiopia. It is considered an integral part of African traditional medicine by many traditional healers or herbalists across the continent. The tree can grow to 5-30 mtr…

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Burma. Pa-O. The forgotten People

The traditions and customs of the ethnic group Pa-O are little known and gradually disappearing. Telling children that they are descendants of a father who was a weiza, a supernatural being, and a mother, who was a dragon, may make for a good story, but for the ethnic Pa-O it is more than a fable.…

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Music. To touch everybody

A tribute to women and Africa marks the comeback of Dobet Gnahoré on the musical scene. Released in April 2014, four years after her previous album, Na Drê includes fourteen tracks mainly dedicated to these two themes, which the Ivorian-born singer constantly intertwines. “I speak of beaten women, of those in love, of those who…

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Book review. At the root of the ‘resource curse’

The exploitation of natural resources, from diamond to oil, is among the most debated issues when dealing with Africa. Scores of news stories, op-eds, documentaries, research papers and even works of fiction have been dedicated to this subject, to the extent that sometimes whoever approaches the matter for the first time finds himself at a…

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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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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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