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Tanzania

Kenya. The Maasai Elders

There are two important rituals which ‘aspiring elders’ must undergo before being fully recognised as ‘elders’. The first of these rites is called Olngesherr and is an approval of the elder status. During the ceremony, the elders take the name of a new group which permanently marks their generation. The main characteristics of this complicated…

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Tanzania – Symbolism among the Maasai

Leeyo, the first Maasai had two wives. Each wife had her own house. The cattle of the first wife were all red and her house was known as the house of the red cattle, or simply as the ‘red house’. The cattle of the second wife were all black and her house was known as…

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Tanzania – Gold fever and child miners

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The sun has not yet risen when Haji and Mosi, respectively 14 and 12, leave home to reach the mine. On their way they meet Juma, who is 12 too. They joke and talk about their favourite team’s shirt they are going to buy with their week’s pay. In a few minutes they will plunge…

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Tanzania – The Mother of the Community

Margaret John Kiria manages to combine the hard work of a catechist and looking after her family, with kindness and energy. It is still dark in Bagamoyo on the coast of Tanzania. Forty year-old Margaret John Kiria wakens her two daughters Cecilia, 15, and Claudia, 13, and carefully checks her mother’s blood pressure. Before the…

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Tanzania – The God of our Ancestors

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  Mwanza and Shinyanga, two regions south of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, are home to the Sukuma people. With about 17% of the population, the Sukuma are the largest ethnic group in Tanzania, and they are part of the largest Nyamwezi group of peoples. Up to today, they value the traditions inherited from their ancestors.…

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Advocacy

Language, the way for Advocacy too.

I arrived among the Nuer in November 2005. It was my first mission assignment. I had expectantly waited for that moment throughout many years of…

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Baobab

Spider's Web.

The animals were lonely. They stood in the forest talking to one another, wondering how they could each get a wife to keep them company and…

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Youth & Mission

Our Planet. What we can do.

Human society, of which we are all a part, is facing an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in history. The planet is in dire condition and ecosystems that…

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