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Dossier April 2013

Peace in African proverbs

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  Proverbs, expressions of experiences that left signs on the life and soul of humanity, mark a field of action, indicate a path, point to a danger, and underline a contradiction. So, when the wisdom of a people affirms: It is impossible to make peace with a sword (Kongo – DR Congo) and sustains: War…

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Trees of peace: wild fig, olive, acacia, …

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  In the forests that surround Lake Victoria there grows a plant called murembe. The Idakho and Isukha – two ethnic groups of the Kenyan district of Kakamega – consider it a sacred tree. Murembe also means peace and is used to exchange greetings or to begin a conversation aiming to foster a new friendship…

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Elders as peacemakers

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  In traditional African societies, elders have always played an important role in maintaining peace and fostering reconciliation among the communities. We look at two ethnic groups: the Agìkùyù and the Samburu of Kenya.To become an elder one must pass through all rites of passage from birth to old age. Among the Agìkùyù of Kenya…

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Africa – The Culture of Peace

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  All daily habits of African people are deeply infused with a culture of peace. The language of peace is found everywhere, in: crafts, songs, dances, proverbs, and prayers. Every community has a “culture of peace” which is cherished as a good way of living. The Burkinabé historian Joseph Ki-Zerbo said: “African culture is based…

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Advocacy

Language, the way for Advocacy too.

I arrived among the Nuer in November 2005. It was my first mission assignment. I had expectantly waited for that moment throughout many years of…

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Baobab

Spider's Web.

The animals were lonely. They stood in the forest talking to one another, wondering how they could each get a wife to keep them company and…

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Youth & Mission

Our Planet. What we can do.

Human society, of which we are all a part, is facing an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in history. The planet is in dire condition and ecosystems that…

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