Dossier November 2011

Political debate – Dialogue towards consensus

Malefetsane Nkhahle is one of the three commissioners leading the Independent Electoral Commission of Lesotho. He spoke to Southworld in his Maseru office. How do you promote the democratic process in Lesotho? As many other countries that consider themselves to be democratic, we have an elected government. Our principal responsibility is to deliver free and…

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Lesotho – The Mountain kingdom

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Like most of Southern Africa, the Drakensberg Escarpment was inhabited by hunter-gatherers groups until the XVII century. AT about that time, the area was occupied by refugees from Bantu tribal wars. In 1818, Moshoeshoe, a local chief of the Southern Sotho, the survivors of the devastating Zulu and Matabele raids, occupied the high ridges of…

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Economy – Till the last drop

Lesotho is a small, landlocked country, mostly mountainous and with limited agricultural output. The country needs to import foodstuff and most consumers’ items, since industries are few and unable to meet internal demands. Being completely surrounded by South Africa, Lesotho is vulnerable to external factors. The global economic recession started in 2008 has had a…

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Church in Lesotho

The first Christian missionaries to reach Lesotho were the Paris Missionary Society, a French Calvinist group. They arrived in 1833. The Catholic Church in Lesotho started with the arrival French Oblate Missionaries in 1862. The foundation period lasted up to 1933. At that time, new missionaries arrived from Canada, they also were French speaking. Until…

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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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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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