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Dossier July 2014

Turkana today

Lodwar has changed over the last two decades, and continues to change. Lately, its transformation has become hectic. New people are streaming in every day from all parts of Kenya and from abroad. New houses, shops, bars and offices open almost every week. New commercial and financial companies arrive. Fly540 Kenya, the premier low-cost airline…

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Animals as ‘humans’…

Three elements make up the world of the Turkana: human beings (ngitunga), animals (ngibaren) and Akuj (God). The animals (cattle, camels, goats, sheep and donkeys) are central to the political, economic and religious experience in their life. Cattle are highly regarded, and are only seldom slaughtered, since they provide milk, blood, skins, dung (used as…

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Initiation

A boy cannot become an adult unless he undergoes the rite of initiation. Before this ‘rite of passage’, he may not wear the traditional mud cap, possess animals, sit in a circle with the men, kill ritual animals, possess a spear, sing or dance for a bull, raid enemies or get married. If he were…

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Kenya – Turkana, the last warriors

When visitors reach Lodwar, the capital of Turkana County, a town of about 50,000 people, the first thing they are invited to see is the prison cell where Jomo Kenyatta, the founding Father and first president of Kenya, was restricted to house arrest for two years in 1959, at the height of the country’s independence…

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Advocacy

Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Baobab

Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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