Author: Chika Onyejiuwa

RE-EXPLORE CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHINGS –A CALL TO THE AFRICAN CHURCH

Although AEFJN has severally organised and co-organized advocacy meetings or conferences in different parts of Europe and Africa, the last conference on Land-grabbing in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, occupies a unique place in my heart. It was a conference that for the first time brought together a heavy presence of Church administrators (the Catholic bishops and archbishops), other Church actors, Civil Society, Social Movements, affected communities and state actors to a common forum in the interests of Africa. The purpose was to discuss the scourge of land grabbing in Africa and the development and economic programs that mediate it, and...

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What is bad for the goose, is bad for the gander – The EU Glyphosate saga

The implications of the recent “stalemate” in Parliament regarding the extension of license for the use of glyphosate-based herbicides amid concerns about its possible health are very worrisome. The European Parliament could not vote with the majority against the continued use of the potentially deadly weed killer. The deadlock in parliament created an unhealthy space for the Commission to be the umpire, using its executive power to resolve the deadlock and your guess as to the direction of the Commission’s decision is as good as mine. Prior to the recent Parliamentary debate, the discussion had pitched the European Commission,...

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PLAYING THE OSTRICH – THE EUROPEAN UNION AND AFRICAN NEO-SLAVERY

Slavery is a very complex subject matter and manifests itself in various forms. Though its manifestations vary, they share a foundational philosophy characterised by two elements thus: an unbridled desire to gain economic dominance (power) over others and the creation of structures that ensure the sustenance of the economic powers gained. This kind of philosophy creates a mind-set that leads to unrestrained exploitation of people and their natural resources and remains undisturbed so that ‘Lazarus’ can no longer feed even from the crumbs of his table (Luke 16:19-31). The economic relationship between Europe and Africa is worse than that of...

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The Earth is still Groaning… for Obvious Reasons!

While we celebrate the Season of Creation (September 2 – October 4), the recent ecological disasters in the different parts of the world ranging from landslides and mudslides in Cambodia, the USA (California and New York) and Sierra-Leone and floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal to the most recent hurricanes ravaging the coastlines of the USA and the Caribbean Islands once more call out to humanity to listen to the protesting groans of the earth and the cry of the poor. The options are slim: the global community must review her relationship with the ecosystem or be prepared to...

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UN JAILLISSEMENT D’AIR FRAIS VENU DE HAMBOURG ET DE TANZANIE

AEFJN est d’accord avec le G20 pour le résultat du Sommet sur le climat et l’énergie tenu à Hambourg les 7 et 8 juillet. Nous saluons en particulier la position du “G19” sur “l’irréversibilité” de l’Accord de Paris de 2015. Elle prouve que nous pouvons encore réussir avec les choix de notre système de valeurs, en mettant les intérêts mondiaux avant des quêtes économiques provinciales. C’est une victoire pour la communauté mondiale et la solidarité humaine ! C’est une protestation contre l’effort systématique de voler les valeurs humaines pour des intérêts économiques. Là où il n’y a plus de valeurs...

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