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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

Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Baobab

Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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