Latin America

Puerto Rico. Dancing in circle.

If you take a walk at sunset along the northeastern beach of Puerto Rico at the end of July, you can hear the sound of drums giving the welcome to nightfall. Groups of black people get together in front of their houses or under coconut trees ready to dance to the rhythm of the drums.…

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Peru. The Feast of the Sun.

June 24th marks one of Peru’s main holidays: Inti Raymi, in the Quechua language, which means “Festival of the Sun”. It is the most important cultural event in Cusco, which was the capital of the empire. The Inca Pacha Kutiq (1418-71) founded the Inca Empire. In the Quechua language, Inca means ‘lord’, ‘king’, ‘monarch’, ‘emperor’…

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Brazil. The gospel sails along the river.

In the Prelacy of Labrea, in the state of Amazonas, the Laguna Negra hospital boat, in collaboration with the Epifania Community, serves to announce the Gospel and improve the health conditions and quality of life of the indigenous and riverine population. In 2006, the Epifania Community began a mission in the Prelature of Labrea, sending…

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Mexico/Usa. “Yes, we can”: the school bus for migrant children.

On the border between Mexico and the United States, a bus converted into a classroom offers education to asylum-seeking children who are unable to go to school. This is an initiative of the ‘Yes, We Can World Foundation’. On the Mexico-USA border, the non-profit organization Yes, We Can World Foundation – founded in 2019 starting…

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Haiti. A Better Future Through Education.

Sister Paësie Phillipe had been a missionary in Haiti for twenty five years when she founded the Kizito Family in 2017, a community that cares for, protects and educates vulnerable children living on the streets of the violent and dangerous slums of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Sister Paësie Phillipe who is originally from Nancy, France…

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A tortuous political journey.

After the catastrophic war against the Triple Alliance, the country was crisscrossed by bitter political struggles and episodes of civil war between gangs, supported by Brazil and Argentina, who competed for the division of the Paraguayan territory. The Colorado party was in power and governed uninterruptedly from 1870 to 1904 when it was ousted by…

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An economy controlled by a few.

Paraguay is a country with a strong rural vocation where the agri-food sector predominates, firmly in the hands of the landed oligarchies active in the production of soya, mostly transgenic, wheat, and rice. These crops also constitute the majority of exported goods, together with hydroelectric energy of which the country is the world’s leading exporter…

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Cultural and Ethnic Diversity.

The country has a population of 7,353,000 inhabitants, with a population density of approximately 16 people per km2, of whom 56% live in urban areas. The distribution on the territory is uneven because only a small percentage, around 3% of the Paraguayan population, which is largely mestizo and descended from Spaniards and indigenous people, live…

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Antigua Guatemala. Holy Week

The ancient capital of Guatemala, a baroque jewel among the mountains, is the scene of spectacular processions on carpets of flowers in the days before Easter. Holy Week is not just devotion, it combines faith, religiosity, art, gastronomy, life stories and mutual help. Evocative processions pass through the streets of the historic centre covered with…

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Paraguay. A Buffer State.

A landlocked country with almost all its rivers navigable. The difficult road to independence. Lugo’s parenthesis. The world of the triple frontier. The landed oligarchies. Paraguay nestles in the heart of the southern Latin American cone between Bolivia, which surrounds it to the north and northwest, Brazil which it borders to the east, and Argentina…

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Mexico. Thirty years after NAFTA and the uprising of the Zapatistas.

Last January it recalled the 30th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement signed between the United States, Canada and Mexico as well as the insurrection of the Zapatista movement. The indigenous movement that broke out at that time, led by the so-called “Subcomandante Marcos”, still exists in the Mexican state of Chiapas (bordering…

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Bolivia. Elegance in traditional Chacobo dress.

The Chacobos are an indigenous people living on the banks of the Benicito River in Northeastern Bolivia. Let’s get to know them through their clothing. The clothing of the Chacobos is made with material that Mother Nature gives them, mainly strips of bark from leafy trees. They like to adorn themselves with seed bracelets. Chacobo…

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South Africa. Nonhle Mbuthuma and Sinegugu Zukulu.

Activists Nonhle Mbuthuma and Sinegugu Zukulu have stopped destructive seismic testing for oil and gas off South Africa’s Eastern Cape, in an area known as…

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Beautiful Kaya.

Kaya was the most beautiful girl in the village. All the boys courted her, each bringing her small gifts. There were so many invitations from her…

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Youth & Mission

Tunisia. The future in the hands of young people.

While the country is in the grip of a serious economic crisis, in the oasis city of Tozeur, the OxyJeunes youth Centre focuses on schooling and…

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