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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

Advocating For Intelligent And Sustainable Earnings.

There is no consistent and successful advocacy but the one founded in strong credibility. Credibility is the quality or power of inspiring belief; it can…

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Baobab

The Ambitious Ants.

Ants are the busiest creatures in the world. Every ant has a full time job, with no holidays and no half-days off Ants like to work,…

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis: “Our young people are our foremost mission”.

In his fourth apostolic journey to the African continent, visiting Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius Pope Francis said to young people: “keep dreaming and moving forward”. In…

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