News August 2016

Angola. New mining frontiers

Angola which is over-reliant on oil and diamonds is beginning to diversify its economy through tapping other resources, namely gold, copper and iron.  Angola which depends from oil for 95% of its export revenues, while the rest is overwhelming dominated by diamonds, is desperately trying to diversify its economy, in particular through tapping other mining…

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Brexit’s shockwave hits Africa

The decision by a majority of British citizens to leave the European Union has already started to hit Africa and more is to come.  Only a few days after the 23 June, the result of the British referendum has started to have immediate consequences in Africa. Indeed, the depreciation of the sterling pound by 10%…

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Burkina Faso. The Koglweogo’s rough justice

The Burkina Faso authorities are tackling the threat posed by the self-defence militia groups referred to as ‘Koglweogo’. These militias who mainly operate in the rural areas, are overstepping the limits of the law. The name ‘Koglweogo’, which comes from the combination of two words of the Moré language, can be translated as ‘The Guardians…

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Lebanon. Migrant reception: the figures

Lebanon, a country of slightly more than 4 million inhabitants, has been home to 1.2 million Syrian refugees for five years now, and to another 600,000 Palestinian refugees who have lived for decades in the land of the cedars. The migrant reception in Lebanon is not an easy issue but shows problems and contradictions. The…

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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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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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