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News June 2015

South Africa’s Freedom Charter after 60 years

Almost sixty years ago, in June 1955, a few thousand South Africans gathered in a public square in Kliptown, 40 kilometres south of Johannesburg. A document was drawn up and presented to the gathering for adoption, known as the Freedom Charter. Today, Kliptown is part of the huge Soweto township of more than a million…

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Child Soldiers. Little Warriors

According to Amnesty International the number of child soldiers is rising. They are estimated to be more than 300 thousand. He speaks in a low voice: “I was ten when some gunmen arrived and took me away from school and forced me to follow them. I fought with them for four years. It ‘s true,…

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Reportage – Boko Haram recruits young people from Cameroon

Boko Haram militiamen promise safety and, above all, money. Young people join the Boko Haram cause either voluntarily or by force. Now a regional military force is trying to stop the Islamist militant group. Youssouf is 21, he cautiously looks around and speaks softly: “A few days ago, Boko Haram militiamen came to our village,…

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Ivory Coast – Laughing for peace

Overcoming a crisis is never easy, but laughing about it can make it lighter. Maybe that is why L’Afterwork – a prime time radio show broadcast by Abidjan’s Radio Nostalgie – is so successful. In early 2013 those in charge of the network were wondering how to replace the program previously aired in that time…

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Advocacy

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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Baobab

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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