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Somalia at 61: Struggles, Ache and Hope

Somalia at 61: Struggles, Pain and Hope MOGADISHU, Somalia - Exactly 61 years ago today, the Blue Flag was hoisted in several parts of Somalia, with citizens thronging the streets to celebrate independence after the Italians gave up and returned to Rome, but leaving behind them traces of colonialism. Already, messages of goodwill have started pouring in congratulating Somalis on their…

[Rapport Mapping 2/3] DRC: in Kisangani, pain and persistent issues

More than 700 civilians died from 5 to 10 June 2000 in Kisangani after heavy arms conflicts between the Rwandan and Ugandan armies. Even today, the traces of this violence are still there and the pain is still alive. Monsignor Samuel Lotika has gray hair and well-worn glasses. The provincial president-bishop of Christ Church in Congo barely hides his teary-eyed eyes at the mention of the Six-Day War. “The first one was going to fall in the classroom where my son was studying. Many of the students were dead. It was also…

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