News September 2014

West Africa. The Lion King may sleep forever

The lion of West Africa is on the verge of extinction. Only a few hundred individuals are surviving. But their days are numbered unless strict measures are adopted. There is a serious probability that the lion, symbol of bravery and totem of the Gourmantché tribe of Burkina Faso, who inspired legends and was adopted by…

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Germany. Military and strategic interests in Africa

Germany returns to Africa to stay. In summer 2011, the German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle introduced the new ‘Strategy for Africa’ of the German Government. It is an integrated policy towards Africa, involving several federal ministries, industry groups and civil society representatives. The aim is to enable a coordinated partnership along key issues, such as:…

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Ghana. Bernice, Nancy and bamboo bikes

A women’s initiative, launched on the outskirts of Accra. “My children are currently studying, and who knows, they might become ‘important people’ someday”, says Nancy Adomako. This young woman is smiling again after much suffering. She has resumed to believe in the future. Four years ago her husband died in a mine accident and left…

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Reportage / Honduras. The flavour of coffee

A strong and penetrating smell of coffee comes from the ‘Cafeteria El Paraiso’. Inside, behind the counter, you can see an old cylinder-shaped coffee machine. The ‘El Paraiso’ coffee shop, with rough and smoky interior walls is in the Morazan district, located in the mountains surrounding Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Don Aleman, a serene…

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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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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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