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Dossier December 2012

Dossier/5 – Invisible countries

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  Halfway between the coast of East Africa and Indonesia, and 500 km south of the Maldives, lies the Chagos Archipelago. It is a group of seven atolls, 60 tiny islands in all, controlled by Britain since 1814. Following the emancipation of slaves in 1835, little changed in the Chagos. The strict social order –…

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Dossier/4 – Invisible Countries

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  Sudan is not the only country at war in Africa. Last April, the Tuareg of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) declared the independence of Northern Mali. In the 1950s, the Tuareg had wanted independence from French colonizers. However, then French President Charles De Gaulle refused to create an independent nation…

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Dossier/3 – Invisible countries

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  Article 39 of the Ethiopian Constitution says that “every nation, nationality or people in Ethiopia shall have the unrestricted right to self determination up to secession”. Yet, Meles Zenawi, who controlled Ethiopia from the deposition of Menghistu (1991) to his sudden death in 2012, facilitated the secession of Eritrea in 1993, but was not…

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Dossier/2 Invisible countries

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  Zanzibar, an East African large island in the Indian Ocean, is already governed by a President and a local Parliament. The Sultan of Zanzibar was deposed in 1963 and the island joined Tanganyika in 1964 to form Tanzania. The island has known troubled times. While mainland Tanzania has had a peaceful experience of slow…

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Invisible countries

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  The most important principles adopted at the founding of the Organization of the African Unity were promoting the unity and solidarity of African Nations; increase the co-operation between countries; and defend the integrity and territorial unity of member states. The leaders of the newly independent African nations well knew that the borders inherited from…

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Advocacy

Rely on one own strength first.

We are in Pikine, a Dakar suburb, Senegal. Father Armel Duteil, is the one telling the story. He is an 80-year-old Spiritan missionary. French by…

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Baobab

The Water-Buffalo and the Tiger.

Once there lived a hard-working farmer in a small village who had a water-buffalo. Every day, with his plough on his shoulder, he led his water-buffalo…

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Youth & Mission

Nine Challenges Facing Young People in Syria.

For over nine years, violence and displacement have devastated opportunities for youth across the country. Here are nine of the most pressing challenges facing young people…

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