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News February 2016

Rwandan president to seek a third term

There is no more suspense over Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s intention to stand for a third term in 2017. After his path was cleared of legal hurdles following a successful referendum last December in which the Yes to the constitutional change won 98.3 per cent, Kagame said he had accepted the people’s call to continue…

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Burkina Faso. Labour in the gold mines …

Thousands of people labour in the gold mines of Burkina Faso. Working conditions are miserable and many children risk their lives. The sun has not risen yet and Jean Pierre is already walking along the dirty road that leads to the mine. Another day has just started. Five years ago he left his village to…

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Islamic investors eye opportunities in Africa

Donors and businessmen from the Islamic World are increasingly determined to explore investments opportunities in Africa. Africa is increasingly seen as a land of opportunities. After the large emerging countries such as China, India and Brazil, member countries from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which groups 57 countries including 22 African states, are increasingly…

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Venezuela. The Opposition’s top three priorities

Venezuela faces a new political landscape after a landslide Opposition victory in the last parliamentary elections. But the country’s destiny will be decided on an economic rather than a political basis. The opposition coalition, known as MUD (the Democratic Unity Roundtable) won a key two-thirds majority in the legislative elections held in Venezuela on 6…

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Advocacy

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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