This report, published in the January-February 2014 NewsNotes, draws heavily on the November 19 testimony to the U.S. House Sub-Committee on Africa by Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia of Bossangoa Diocese and vice chair of the Central African Catholic Bishops Conference.
Our concern for Africa is shaped by long term relationsips between Maryknoll missioners and the people of Sudan and South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Namibia. We honor their strength and wisdom and believe that African cultures and traditions often suggest solutions to seemingly intractable local and global problems.
In Africa our Global Concerns work is at times country-specific, focussing, for example, on the slow process toward peace between Sudan and South Sudan, or the genocide in Darfur; the political and economic collapse of Zimbabwe; the introduction of genetically modified seeds or the political situation in Tanzania; efforts to stop corruption in Kenya, among other issues. We also address transnational issues of great concern to all people in Africa: deep and endemic poverty; the HIV and AIDS pandemic; the call for the cancellation of illegitimate and overwhelming debt without conditions that worsen poverty; just trade agreements; the rights of women and children; and environmental degradation.
Articles, alerts, events
The Catholic bishops of Sudan and South Sudan met from January 21-31, 2014 in Juba, and issued this joint pastoral exhortation on their countries' recent violent conflict.
Intern Kelly Kundrat contributed the following piece, published in the January-February 2014 NewsNotes.
The South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms offers this action for January 1; Pax Christi International sent the following message of solidarity to the people of South Sudan on December 27, 2013.
The following article on the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) was prepared by Julie Sharples, an intern with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns in New York, and published in the November-December 2013 NewsNotes.
The following reflection was written by Fr. Dave Schwinghamer, a Maryknoll missioner who spent many years in East Africa; he recently joined the staff of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
Since the food crises in 2008-2009, a number of programs have evolved to increase investments in African agriculture and rural development.
The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) joined other organizations in writing to Russ Feingold soon after his appointment as U.S. special envoy to the Great Lakes region in Africa.
President Barack Obama’s second safari ("travel" in Swahili) to Africa as head of state – scheduled June 27-July 2 – raises several interesting questions: Who will accompany him and his family to Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa? With whom will Obama meet while in Africa? What issues will be discussed in public and in private? These questions may be a guide to what to look for in the Obama visit.
A new statement by the Africa Advocacy Network (ADNA) -- which includes the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns -- calls for a new approach to the U.S.'s trade and investment, militarization, agriculture and land policies toward Africa.
Fr. Joe Healey, MM, wrote the following reflection on Kenya’s recent election for the May-June 2013 NewsNotes.
Though the date has not yet been announced, Zimbabwean voters are expected to go to the polls for parliamentary and presidential elections before August 29.
The following pastoral letter was published by the Zimbabwean Catholic bishops in March 2013 as the country prepares for a new round of national elections.
Coralis Salvador, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Kenya, reflects on the presence of the Holy Spirit during her regular visits to the homes of families affected by HIV and AIDS.
Maryknoll Father David Schwinghamer recalls a chance encounter with someone who, like the Samaritan woman at the well, demonstrates that even ordinary folk, once baptized, are meant to be messengers of the good news.
Michael Leen, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner tells the story of a friend in Mwanza, Tanzania who did what can seem impossible – offer love and mercy to his enemies.
Maryknoll Sister Theresa Baldini, who was on mission in South Sudan, reflects on the biblical call to forgiveness and reconciliation for justice to be restored in our relationships.
Maryknoll Sister Veronica Schweyen describes how God has chosen each of us and we can put our trust in God.
Teresa Villaruz, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Kenya, reflects on seeing the light despite the darkness.
Maryknoll Lay Missioner Ashley Leen in Tanzania writes this week's reflection on the meaning of family.
Curt Klueg, a returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner, writes this week's Scripture reflection on the great gift of forgiveness.
Curt and Anita Klueg, along with their children, served as Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Kenya.
This week's reflection was prepared by Marj Humphrey who spent many years as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in East Africa.
This week's reflection was prepared by Father Tom Tiscornia, who served the people of Sudan/South Sudan for many years.
This week's scripture reflection was prepared by Chris Bodewes, who served as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Kenya.
In this reflection, Maryknoll Sister Theresa Baldini remembers women she encountered in South Sudan.