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News July 2016

Malawi/Zambia. Children caught in a web of trafficking

Most children are trafficked both locally and internationally by gangs. We look at the situation in Malawi and Zambia Recently the police have intercepted 23 children who were about to cross the border between Malawi and Tanzania in a trafficking racket. According to National Child Protection Officer Alexander Ngwala of Malawi Police Service: “It is…

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Republic of Congo. Oil does not flow for the poor.

The country ranks among the  top five oil producers  of the African continent. The oil  and resource extraction, however, has strained parched landscape, caused deforestation, polluted rivers and impoverished communities. While the profits of such activities enrich foreign companies and local governments. The village is surrounded by huge trees, tropical plants, dense vegetation soaked with…

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Ivory Coast. Lost childhoods behind chocolate.

The number of children working in the cocoa fields continues to increase. Exploitation and hazardous labour are the bitter taste of cocoa. Arouna,12, works in a chocolate field in the southwest of Ivory Coast. “I have to get up early every morning to reach the field along with my brother who is 10”, he says,…

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Advocacy

10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Baobab

Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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