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Dossier March 2013

Land – The role of the Church

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  The Church has always been aware that the distribution of land plays an important role in the struggle for justice and equality, particularly in rural societies.  In 1997, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace issued an important document on land reform. It strongly criticized the accumulation of large stretches of land in the…

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Land – Myth and reality

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  Those who want to lay their hands on land cover-up their real intentions with myths. These are some of the misleading arguments used to justify land grabbing. There is much unused or underused land in Africa.When you look down from a plane, you might think there is plenty of uncultivated land. On the ground,…

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Land – The social and human rights dimensions

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 A fair distribution of resources is a question of justice, and a call for justice is at the heart of most religious traditions. Not only African spirituality but also biblical tradition, Christian social ethics, human rights pacts and international law can provide a framework to approach complex land issues and provide orientations to find just…

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Africa – Land Grabbing

“One morning, in our village of Samana Dugu in Mali, some bulldozers appeared and started clearing the land. When we protested, the police came and began to beat us and many of us were arrested,” said Assame Sidibé, the community leader. “Our local politician arrived later and told us that a foreign company got the…

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Advocacy

The 4 Freedoms.

One of the most important aims of advocacy is building strong democracy and democratic organizations to hold those in power accountable, expanding citizen’s understanding of…

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Baobab

The Water in Olive Lake.

Long, long ago, a mother and her son lived by Olive Lake below Olive Mountain. The mother was very, very old and could not work anymore.…

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Youth & Mission

Youth on the frontline against Covid - 19.

In the time of Coronavirus, young people have organised to prevent COVID-19 from spreading and supporting their communities. In Cameroon, Achalake Christian, the coordinator of Local…

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