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Ghana. Living and dying in Agbogbloshie.

Agbogbloshie, in Accra, the capital of Ghana, is one of the largest waste dumps for electronic appliances in the world and the workplace of thousands of people who are daily exposed to some of the most toxic substances resulting in premature death. We went to see the dump. Sule uses a hammer to strike what…

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Cyril Ramaphosa and the struggle for reform in South Africa.

Respected by public opinion and the international community, Ramaphosa has to fight against the various factions and groups within the ANC. The economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic  are hampering further reform efforts. It is now just over three years since Cyril Ramaphosa became president of South Africa, taking over from Jacob Zuma, whose nine…

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Cote d’Ivoire. Old and new challenges.

Former President Laurent Gbagbo has received the green light to take back his role on the political scene of Cote d’Ivoire. Apparently, he has now the possibility to engage again in the fight for predominance that he has been fighting for thirty years. A fight that risks tearing the country apart. On 31st March 2021,…

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Somalia. Tensions rise with Kenya over offshore oil-rich areas.

The weakness of Somalia’s state has incited neighbours to make steps to tap its maritime resources in search of oil and fishing grounds, adding to other tensions which create a dangerous climate. The chaos that reigned in Somalia after Siad Barre’s overthrowal in 1991 has encouraged predators to take advantage of the weaknesses of the…

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Dubai. The crossroads of African gold.

An interwoven series of criminal gangs, terrorist groups, traffickers of all sorts, networks of illegal commerce, African gold passes through the Emirates.  Gold represents the best investment during great economic and financial crises. The past fifteen years have been characterised by a dizzying climb in the price of this product which has given rise to…

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China. The Dragon over Antarctica.

Antarctica enjoys an apparent calm, beyond the logic of power that involves the rest of the world. The ambiguous Chinese interest in the continent and the latest Peking decisions seem to have disturbed the Western powers. The Antarctic is one of the few places in the world where all human activity is regulated by treaty.…

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Nigeria. Islands in an archipelago.

John Campbell, a Senior fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, recently wrote a book on Nigeria (“Nigeria and the Nation-State – Rethinking diplomacy with the postcolonial world”). A career diplomat, Campbell has written a work that is well worth reading and briefly examines the historical, political, and cultural roots of…

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DR. Congo. Kabila’s puppet cuts its strings.

In a spectacular turnaround, the former President Kabila who was still in control of the institutions through proxies two years after the Presidential election, has been eventually side-lined. Tshisekedi whom he helped to become President after a rigged election has managed to outflank him while the West applauds despite the use of unconstitutional methods. Until…

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The Gulf of Guinea: The Sea of pirates.

Maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is a threat not only to the welfare of seafarers and ship-owners, but also to the politics and the economy of coastal states. Some of them depend on the flux of money and goods generated by the traffic of ships. Therefore, up to a certain level, piracy is…

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Somaliland. Incense. Sweet-smelling fragrance from Heaven.

The glowing coals give off a wonderful aroma: the smell of the incense fills churches, temples and baths. The best sort comes from Somaliland. Entire villages earn their living from the sale of the precious resin from the trees. The stony path winds down along the slope. It passes through the beds of dried-up streams…

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Israel. From the Semien Mountains to Mount Sion.

The difficult journey of the Ethiopians of Jewish origin towards complete integration. Unifying music may help avoid discrimination. Hidden among the Semien mountains in the north of Ethiopia, north-east of Gondar in the Amhara region, the Beta Israel or Falashas – as Ethiopian Jews were known – remained hidden from the rest of the Jewish…

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news archive – summaries

The Israeli strategy in Africa.

In recent years, Tel Aviv has expanded and increased diplomatic relations with a growing number of…

01 Feb 2021

Africa. How Big Brother is watching Africans.

Like other continents, Africa is experimenting a spectacular spread of surveillance technology, mostly without adequate checks…

01 Feb 2021

Central African Republic. Insecurity worsening.

The country is passing through a phase of instability, and the situation is gradually worsening. The…

01 Feb 2021

Nicaragua. Electoral fraud is announced.

Those opposed to the regime of President Daniel Ortega have reported electoral fraud in view of…

01 Feb 2021

Africa’s hotspots in 2021.

This year many African countries will go through a phase of instability and conflict. Some of…

01 Jan 2021

North Africa. Revolutions on stand-by.

Ten years after the popular uprisings in North Africa, what has changed? What remains of the…

01 Jan 2021

Arms industry sales rise.

Sales of arms and military services by the sector’s largest 25 companies totalled $361 billion in…

01 Jan 2021

East Africa. Lake Victoria, a threatened wonder.

Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest freshwater surface and a touristic marvel for its fauna, its landscapes and…

01 Jan 2021

India. The Hair Business.

The trade in human hair in the wig-makers’ salons is becoming a business worth millions of…

01 Dec 2020

Murchison Falls. A tour through the largest national park in…

Welcome to the Murchison Falls National Park named after its famous waterfall. George Atube, the ranger…

01 Dec 2020

Namibia. The Okavango Delta threatened by fracking.

A junior Canadian company will start drilling oil in the next coming weeks in an area…

01 Dec 2020

Africa. Cannabis, An Affair Of State.

Large-scale cultivations are now a reality in a growing number of countries in the continent, driven…

01 Dec 2020

Nicaragua. Street Children’s Circus.

They are at the traffic lights, juggling their torches and coloured balls and performing acrobatics. The…

01 Nov 2020

Niger. Elections on the frontier of jihad.

The country is at the crossroads. Presidential and parliament elections are scheduled for the next 27…

01 Nov 2020

Ghana. Togoland and the future of the nation.

In September, separatist attacks took place in the Volta Region of Ghana. These events represented an…

01 Nov 2020

Islamic Finance. Not Just for the Islamic World Anymore.

To build an alternative financial model. To employ profit-loss risk-sharing arrangements. To invest in solid assets.…

01 Nov 2020

Burkina Faso: Shadows and dangers.

The country is in turmoil. Jihadist violence risks tearing it apart. In November 2020 the country…

01 Oct 2020

Chokepoints: the vulnerable doors of the Middle East.

Chokepoints are of huge geostrategic importance to the Middle East, where there are three of the…

01 Oct 2020

Africa. Unsafe roads.

The continent has the highest percentage in the world of deaths in road accidents which kill…

01 Oct 2020

Cameroon. Football versus alcohol.

A soccer championship is useful in order to keep hundreds of young people of the Baka…

01 Oct 2020

Cote d’Ivoire. A clash of dinosaurs dominates the presidential election…

After the crisis that followed the presidential election of 2010, the country is facing another duel…

01 Sep 2020

The Philippines. The Land of Natural Disasters.

Located in the rim around the Pacific Ocean dubbed “The Ring of Fire,” the Philippines is…

01 Sep 2020

Mali. A country in turmoil.

On 18th August 2020, a group of military officers took power in Mali, arrested President Ibrahim…

01 Sep 2020

Suez. Present Uncertainty and Future Strategy.

The Suez Canal has always been strategically important for Egypt and the whole area. Before the…

01 Sep 2020

African Independence. For a new Pan-Africanism.

Almost all the African constitutions declare their adhesion to Pan Africanism in their preambles and many…

01 Aug 2020

Somalia. Glimmers of hope.

After decades of distrust and hostility, the Somali brothers from Mogadishu, from the break-away state of…

01 Aug 2020

African Independence. Sixty years on.

Sixty years ago, seventeen African countries became independent. Enough time has gone by to take stock…

01 Aug 2020

Egypt. The Economic Power of the Military.

Cities built from nothing in the desert, vast infrastructure created, gold mines opened, arms and steel…

01 Jul 2020

Mozambique. Cabo Delgado. Under Siege.

The Jihadist movement continues its action attacking villages, destroying and burning houses, schools and places of…

01 Jul 2020

Colombia. An Uneasy Peace.

Since the ratification of the historic Peace Accord between the then President of Colombia Juan Manuel…

01 Jul 2020

Sudan. The democratic transition in peril.

The economic crisis amplified by the coronavirus pandemics, ongoing unrest in the provinces and divisions in…

01 Jul 2020

Afghanistan. A country in pieces.

The "historical accord" between the United States and the Taliban, without involving the Kabul government is…

01 Jun 2020

Will China Replace the United States in the Middle East?

It is not clear how or to what extent the COVID-19 will affect the international order.…

01 Jun 2020

Africa gets debt arrangement to cope with its first recession…

The covid 19 pandemics has caused a recession in Africa which makes the repayment of external…

01 Jun 2020

DR.Congo. A new tension area at the Zambian border.

The DRC which has faced frequently problems at its borders with several of its neighbours has…

01 May 2020

African Military spending up 17% over the last decade.

Over the last ten years, African military spending grew by 17%, rising to $41.2 billion in…

01 May 2020

Malawi. Between Health and Political Crisis.

One year after the General Election, the country still remains in a political crisis. The combination…

01 May 2020

Ethiopia. Postponed national elections over coronavirus fears.

The national elections that were scheduled for August have been postponed sine die because of the…

01 May 2020

SIPRI. World arms exports continued to increase over the last…

International arms exports increased by 5% between 2015 and 2019 compared to the previous five years,…

01 Apr 2020

Africa. Coronavirus is spreading fast: 43 countries affected.

Africa which is already hit by several epidemics is now facing the challenge of the health…

01 Apr 2020

Burundi. Heading towards troubled elections.

The presidential and parliament elections scheduled for the next 20 May are unlikely to put an…

01 Apr 2020

Turkey & Russia Chessboard Power Play.

They share too many interests to engage in direct conflict over Syria. But there are many…

01 Apr 2020

Arms Trafficking. The Sahel Connection.

The arms trade criss-crosses the Sahel region. To the north highly organised networks of traffickers operate.…

01 Mar 2020

Gambling in Africa.

It is illegal in just seven countries. In the continent it is an industry with large…

01 Mar 2020

Angola. The fall of the Dos Santos Empire.

After targeting the President’s son, the Angolan justice, it has frozen the assets of his daughter,…

01 Mar 2020

South Sudan migrants in Australia. Integration, thorns and rap.

Being a small community, they try not to lose their own cultural identity. Motivated by a…

01 Mar 2020

Zimbabwe. Street children in Harare.

Hundreds of street children roam the centre of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, living in subhuman…

01 Feb 2020

Middle East on Fire.

What are the implications of the assassination of Qasem Soleimani. U.S. Forces in Iraq at risk.…

01 Feb 2020

Africa 2020. Between Elections and Conflicts.

Existing and looming conflicts, “third-termism” and rigged elections are the main challenges. The Jihadist threat, the leaders’…

01 Jan 2020

Middle East 2020. The real 'Arab Spring’?

Syria and Iraq. The central role of the Russia in the region. The possible new nuclear…

01 Jan 2020

Asia 2020. A continent where uncertainty reigns.

Eight countries, in all, are due to go to the polls to elect presidents or just…

01 Jan 2020

Africa’s Hotspots in 2020.

This year there will be several security hotspots around the continent. We focus on six African…

01 Jan 2020

Somalia. An atmosphere of Tension and Instability.

Mogadishu and the Federal States are on a collision course regarding different issues, especially the management…

01 Dec 2019

Africa. The Sea is theirs.

Fishing rights sold off by governments to foreign companies. Illegal fishing and how it damages the…

01 Dec 2019

Africa. Environmental Degradation and Climate Change Migrants.

Environmental degradation will make the planet face up to challenges unknown until now. As a consequence…

01 Dec 2019

The Mafias.The Sea routes for drugs.

The drug-mafias have become experts in organization and logistical planning for the management of the dispatch…

01 Dec 2019

Western Sahara. The wall that nobody talks about.

The 2,720 kilometre wall, which  separates the areas occupied by Morocco and those liberated by the…

01 Nov 2019

Chad. The golden triangle of Tibesti.

In the Chadian region bordering with Libya, an area rich in gold, we find a crossroads of…

01 Nov 2019

South Africa. Causes and consequences of the xenophobic attacks.

Xenophobic attacks against immigrants are causing a lot of damage to South Africa’s image across the…

01 Nov 2019

Kashmir. An Uncertain Future.

Tension between Pakistan and India in the disputed region of Kashmir. Against the background of the…

01 Oct 2019

Middle East. Will Oil and Gas Save Lebanon?

A large oil and gas deposits off the Lebanese coast. Tensions with Israel. A massive immigration…

01 Oct 2019

Africa. The Jihadist Threat.

Jihadist groups are expanding in Africa beyond the Sahel, from the Horn to Central and Southern…

01 Oct 2019

Ethiopia. The moment of truth for reformist Abyi.

Abyi Ahmed Ali’s election in April 2018 raised considerable hopes in Ethiopia which he engaged steadfastly…

01 Oct 2019

Hong Kong. To lead the Way.

Young people are taking to the streets defending democracy. Violence and arrest by the police. Beijing…

01 Sep 2019

Radioactive waste in the Pacific Ocean.

The concrete dome on an island in the Pacific Ocean houses tons of radioactive waste. Now…

01 Sep 2019

Togo. Anti-regime music.

The MAET is the movement of singers and musicians who support the change in Togo. These…

01 Sep 2019

PMC: A tool for Russia and China in Africa.

Private Military Companies (PMC) have become an important  player in geopolitics.  These companies provide military contractors…

01 Sep 2019

DR Congo. Insecurity and bad governance contribute to the spread…

Ongoing insecurity and bad governance contribute to the expansion of the second largest Ebola epidemics in…

01 Aug 2019

Africa. Start-ups rolling out.

The continent is changing thanks to the increasingly frequent use of new technological tools. A journey…

01 Aug 2019

Nigeria. Troubles in Kano.

In the northern state of Kano in Nigeria a political war is ongoing. On one side,…

01 Aug 2019

Ethiopia. Metema, the loss of all hope.

Each day it is criss-crossed by invisible travellers who arrive after placing themselves in the hands…

01 Jul 2019

Gambia. A bridge for development.

The long-awaited bridge spanning the Gambia River will open in July. The facility, which is set…

01 Jul 2019

Africa. Millions still have no papers.

According to the World Bank, 41% of the inhabitants of the continent do not exist in…

01 Jul 2019

Iran. Poker Game

Trump’s anti-Iranian Efforts Are Backfiring, But the Threat of Another Middle East War Looms Large There are…

01 Jun 2019

Eastern Africa. Tensions between Kigali and Kampala.

Tension is escalating between Uganda and Rwanda. A crisis is developing that is affecting the entire…

01 Jun 2019

Ethiopia. A Grain of Hope.

Bonga is one of the capitals of Ethiopian coffee. At the corner of every alleyway, one…

01 Jun 2019

Africa. Journalists are a target.

There are areas of Africa where it is difficult to work as a journalist. A journalist…

01 May 2019

Africa Internet. The new censorship.

Criticisms force governments to place restrictions on the Internet. Serious violations of human rights and grave…

01 May 2019

Jihadism in the Indian sub-continent.

The Easter Sunday bombings in and around Sri Lanka's capital left hundreds dead and injured. In…

01 May 2019

A New Season of Stifled Democratic Aspirations Begins in North…

Another so-called Arab – or at least North African – Spring? Given the significant risks and…

01 May 2019

Rwanda. Twenty-five years after Apocalypses. A transformed country.

Twenty-five years after the genocide of the Tutsis in 1994, the country is peaceful and the…

01 Apr 2019

Burundi spirals into dictatorship and isolation.

Four years after the crisis sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s determination to run for a third…

01 Apr 2019

Boeing 737-MAX Incident Won’t Thwart Ethiopian Airlines’ Ambitions.

The Addis Ababa - Nairobi route, it’s often a necessary ‘rite of passage’ for those heading…

01 Apr 2019

Africa/China. Chinese Investments in African High Technology.

Chinese high-tech companies are banking on Africa, especially on the 'Silicon Savannah' of Nairobi, to develop…

01 Apr 2019

Madagascar. The DJ Sets The Tone.

The new President’s first decisions tilt towards authoritarianism, which is matter of concern owing to the…

01 Mar 2019

Tunisia. The Challenges of the Jasmin Revolution.

The  presidential election of 2019 will be a crucial test for the Arab world’s democratic laboratory. While…

01 Mar 2019

Nicaragua. Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, Under Threat.

Illegal logging and deforestation for agriculture and livestock activities are destroying the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve. The Bosawas…

01 Feb 2019

The Maritime Silk Road in South-East Asia.

The definition of The Maritime Silk Road seems never ending. The initial interest of the Chinese…

01 Feb 2019

Democratic Republic of Congo. Kabila’s Electoral Coup.

The 30 December presidential and parliamentary elections have ended up in a farce. Monitoring group and…

01 Feb 2019

Congo-Brazzaville.The Resumption Of The Railway Traffic Raise New Hopes.

After two years of interruption, the railway traffic has resumed recently between the capital, Brazzaville and…

01 Feb 2019

Asia 2019. Troubled Waters.

Important political events will mark the Asian panorama in 2019 while the evolution of strategic and…

01 Jan 2019

Africa 2019. A Challenging Year For The Continent.

The year 2019 looks extremely challenging in many countries of the continent where crucial elections are…

01 Jan 2019

Middle East 2019. Another Uncertain Year Ahead.

The Return of Palestine and A Deepening of the Shi’a-Sunni Divide. One of the clearest lenses through…

01 Jan 2019

Hotspots in Africa in 2019.

From a security point of view, in 2019 in Africa there will be several hotspots. We…

01 Jan 2019

Dr Denis Mukwege. A Nobel Peace Prize for Africa

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic…

01 Dec 2018

A 'No Deal' Brexit could disrupt the UK trade of…

A 'no deal' Brexit could mean a temporary interruption of the diamond trade on the London…

01 Dec 2018

Africa. Contractors’ Eldorado.

The security of the continent has now become a 'private affair' of the Americans, the French,…

01 Dec 2018

Angola. ‘Terminator’ Lourenço Pushes For More Reforms.

More than one year after he was sworn in, the new Angolan head of state, João…

01 Nov 2018

Kenya’s LAPSSET Oil Corridor : Not Yet Born But Already…

The largest infrastructure project in East Africa is likely to become obsolete long before it is…

01 Nov 2018

The Khashoggi Murder Has Shaken the Very Foundations of the…

The now confirmed murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of a Saudi ‘investigation team’…

01 Nov 2018

DR Congo. Kabila likely to remain in control after the…

Either the elections are rigged or they cannot take place for logistical and financial reasons. In…

01 Oct 2018

Tunisia. A Damocles’ sword hanging on its budding democracy.

Political Battles Are Creating a Distraction from Main Problems Weakening its Young Democracy Tunisian President Beji Caid…

01 Oct 2018

Uganda. A School Under Canvas.

Refugee teachers create a school for young people in South Sudan. The life of refugees is hard.…

01 Sep 2018

South Africa: Is This Land Your Land?

The issue of the redistribution of the land is splitting South African society and could deeply…

01 Sep 2018

Washington is Driving Iran into a Corner, but Not without…

Tensions are mounting in the Middle East. It’s not just about Syria; there are risks of…

01 Sep 2018

USA. Weapons And Social Malaise.

U.S. citizens possess at least 265 million of firearms with an average of 88 weapons to…

01 Aug 2018

Ethiopia. Unbelievable changes.

Since his appointment in April, the new Prime Minister, Abyi Ahmed has provoked a strong wind…

01 Aug 2018

Israel, Palestine And The Impossible Deal.

What is the so-called ‘Middle East Peace Plan’ ? What this means, in practical terms ?…

01 Aug 2018

Has the Countdown to the End of the Syrian War…

The cards suggest that the final showdown in Syria is approaching. Daraa, the city where the…

01 Jul 2018

The Horn of Africa. An Increasingly Strategic Region.

The proximity of Yemen and its strategic geographic position have brought about the multiplication, in the…

01 Jul 2018

USA/Mexico. Arms Trafficking.

It is not so much immigration as clandestine arms trafficking that renders the Mexico/USA border highly…

01 Jul 2018

DR Congo. Oil Exploration In The National Parks.

The Congolese government is considering to declassify areas in two national parks to allow oil exploration…

01 Jul 2018

Kinshasa Vetoes Water Transfer Project To Replenish Lake Chad.

According to UNESCO, Lake Chad has shrunk by 90 percent since 1963, with enormous environmental, economic…

01 Jun 2018

Mali. Helping The Street Children Of Bamako.

One evening, Mamadou Touré had just left the disco and was walking back home when a…

01 Jun 2018

SIPRI. World Military Expenditure Up.

Total world military expenditure rose to $1,739 billion in 2017, a marginal increase of 1.1% in…

01 Jun 2018

Burundi. The May referendum: a “death warrant” for the Peace…

According to the opposition, the referendum would be a “death warrant” for the 2000 Arusha Peace…

01 May 2018

FIFA World Cup/Africa. The Road to Russia.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia will be the greatest sporting show…

01 May 2018

DR Congo. Most popular politician risks to be excluded from…

Congo’s most popular politician, the former governor of Katanga, Moise Katumbi, might be excluded from the…

01 May 2018

Niger another Afghanistan.

Under the Guise of Security and Resources Niger Has Attracted Ever More Foreign Intervention. And Not…

01 May 2018

Kenya. At A Turning Point?

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, the chief opposition leader, met in Nairobi, on 9th…

01 Apr 2018

The Seychelles. A Debt Paid, An Ecosystem Protected ...

A string of private financiers has met a considerable part of the public debt of the…

01 Apr 2018

Middle East Under Pressure.

The Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, and its Political Context, Has Ended the Middle East…

01 Apr 2018

Brazil. Being Abandoned.

Fights between rival gangs for territorial control. People's fear. An absent State. Daily life in Rocinha,…

01 Mar 2018

Ethiopia. A Divided Country.

Ethiopia is passing through a period of turmoil due to ethnic tensions. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn…

01 Mar 2018

Morocco. Between Islamic Radicalization And Narco-Jihadism.

After the phenomenon of Moroccan foreign fighters joining the ranks of the Islamic State, now the…

01 Mar 2018

Africa. Beyond Conflict diamonds.

The conflict diamonds issue is dying down, but new challenges are emerging. Will Africa be able…

01 Mar 2018

Latin American Elections 2018. A Number Of Unknowns.

The largest Latin American countries go to the polls to elect their presidents. Almost 80% of…

01 Feb 2018

Latin America, A Treasure Called Lithium.

Argentina, Bolivia and Chile boast the world’s largest reserves of lithium. The three countries, however, have…

01 Feb 2018

Syria. Behind ‘Operation Olive Branch’.

Are Turkey and the United States on a collision course on operation Olive Branch? What consequences…

01 Feb 2018

Middle East 2018 Perspectives.

The year 2018 could See Current Middle East Tensions Reach Their Inevitable Bloody Conclusion. The Middle…

01 Jan 2018

Africa. Political Forecast 2018.

General Elections in Egypt, Sierra Leone, Mali, Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo. Possible political instability…

01 Jan 2018

Africa’s Hotspots in 2018.

In 2018 several African states will have to face a series of challenges at the security…

01 Jan 2018

Asia 2018. In The Shadow Of Kim.

If on the one hand Asia looks forward to 2018 with confidence, on the other there…

01 Jan 2018

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From Mother Earth to Earth's Mothers.

Mother's Day for the year 2021 is celebrated on Sunday, May 9th. It is a time to honor mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers for their contribution to family and society.…

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The Leopard and the Hare.

Once upon a time there was some trouble between a leopard and a hare. The leopard had cheated the hare of his goat. As the leopard…

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African Youth and Migration

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