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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

The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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Baobab

The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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