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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

Silencing the Guns in Africa.

On 27 February 2019, the Security Council welcomed the African Union’s “determination to rid Africa of conflicts and create conditions favorable for the growth, development…

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Baobab

How the Dogs Came.

A long time ago there were no domestic animals, all were wild, and all were the enemy of man. They feared him, and he feared them,…

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Youth & Mission

Pan-African Youth Leadership Development.

The Leadership Development and Mentorship program has an ambitious agenda for training tomorrow’s leaders across Africa. Africa is by far the world’s youngest continent, with a median…

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