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Africa

Migration Between Regions.

Interregional migration, or the movement of people between geographic sub regions, is also a key feature of migration patterns on the continent. In 2017, Eastern and Western Africa were the regions from which most African migrants originated. Middle Africa recorded a strong increase with regard to international migrant stock, as the absolute number doubled, with…

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Catholic Church. Taking concrete steps to mitigate the migration crisis.

African bishops are aware that, when there is a massive movement of people, the countries that receive these displaced people may feel threatened. All too often the belief is that newcomers compete for scarce resources and this brings immigrants and refugees to be driven away, resented, or despised. The African bishops pointed out that ordinarily,…

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Africa. Journalists are a target.

There are areas of Africa where it is difficult to work as a journalist. A journalist risks being jailed or even killed. Nevertheless, the number of investigating teams reporting on conflicts and revealing corruption and criminal trading is on the increase. They are not deterred even when threatened. A man is assassinated. A Ghanaian journalist.…

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Africa Internet. The new censorship.

Criticisms force governments to place restrictions on the Internet. Serious violations of human rights and grave consequences for local economies. At the same time, systems for by-passing the controls are proliferating. A method of closing down the Internet was implemented on a large scale in Egypt during the Arab Spring of 2011.  Now it is…

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Migrating in Africa. A continent on the Move.

Globally, in 2017, there were around 258 million international migrants, approximately 3.4% of the world population. Only 35% was from the south to the north of the world. The same trend was encountered in Africa: more than half (19,359,848  about 53.4%) of Africa’s international migrants in 2017 have remained on the continent, while 16,906,580 (46.5%)…

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South Sudan. Pope Francis: “No more war!”

On his knees before President Salva Kiir and the Vice-Presidents Designate who are to open a new government this month of May: “Peace is possible, let the armistice be respected. The people are worn out by past conflicts”. With some difficulty, he bent down before the political leaders of Sudan and kissed their feet. Pope…

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Uganda. Naleyo dance where women choose their dancing partners.

The Tapeth are a small ethnic group living with the Karamojong in North Eastern Uganda. They are found in a village known as Tapac that is situated in the ranges of the Moroto Mountains in the Moroto district.  Among the many cultures the Tapeth have is a dance known as the Naleyo dance which is…

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Migration. Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Conflict.

African migration patterns do not happen in a vacuum. Rather, they are situated within major trends on the global stage that have also affected the continent, namely climate change and environmental degradation and conflict. Environmental changes or disasters have also been associated with permanent migration. There have been attempts to relocate populations from areas that…

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A New Season of Stifled Democratic Aspirations Begins in North Africa.

Another so-called Arab – or at least North African – Spring? Given the significant risks and the fact that a few hundred lives have already been lost, rather than spring, geopolitical ‘meteorologists’ might use a less charming season as a metaphor for the civil revolts, wars and political overthrows now affecting  Sudan, Algeria and Libya.…

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Herbs & Plants. Xylopia aethiopica. A Spicy Herbal Medicinal Plant.

It possesses great nutritional and medicinal values. The plant is used in the treatment of a number of diseases. And also as a body cream.  Xylopia aethiopica which is commonly referred to as the grains of Selim, Ethiopian pepper or African grains of Selim, is an evergreen, aromatic tree that can grow up to about…

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South Sudan. A great heart with great faith.

A poor woman takes a foreign mother into her house and looks after her sick daughter. She goes to the church and asks the missionary to pray that the child gets well. In the eyes of many, Nyamuone is a woman of little account. Her husband abandoned her because, in his opinion, she was unable…

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Monasticism and Monasteries in Ethiopia.

If it is true that the Christian Europe of the Middle Ages was shaped by monasticism, more so it can be said of the Ethiopian Christianity. Ethiopia converted to Christianity around the year 330 through the work of two Syrian young brothers who were taken prisoners in the Red Sea and brought to the court…

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Advocacy

A Nun faces big multinational corporations.

Sister Nathalie Kangaji has never been ready to accept injustice. She has been fighting for ten years as coordinator of the Legal Aid Center (CAJJ)…

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Baobab

Why the Bat Flies at Night.

0nce upon a time, the bat and the bush-rat were great friends. All day long they would go hunting in the bush together, dodging between the…

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Youth & Mission

Young People. Always Missionaries.

It doesn’t take much to make young people missionaries. Even those who are most frail, limited and troubled can be missionaries in their own way, for…

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