Author: Chika Onyejiuwa

BEHIND THE VIOLENT UPHEAVALS IN THE CONGO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

As the year 2017 wound to a close, the world received ‘’the announcement’’ that the Democratic Republic of Congo was on the verge of entering a new phase of arms conflicts. It was more of a news report than a prediction. In no distant time, the news had assumed a distressing tone; the UN reported that the DR Congo was reaching a ‘breaking point’, violence had once again enveloped the resource-rich nation, and another humanitarian crisis was looming. Like many other African countries, the huge natural resources of this beautiful country have become a curse for her citizens.  Their...

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Antenna of Central African Republic

The leader of the new antenna of Central African Republic shared with us a new step in the growth of the antenna. The statute of the antenna has been prepared and read to the stakeholders to understand the vision and mission of AEFJN. In addition, the antenna has put in place a provisional structure to coordinate her activities.  This include: two Combonian sisters, a Jesuit, a Lazariste, a Lawyer, two young people etc. The structure could be reviewed at the next General Assembly of the antenna.  The antenna has agreed to focus on land grabbing with specific attention on...

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Antenna of Nairobi, Kenya

A new antenna of AEFJN has been launched in Nairobi on February 16, 2018. It was preceded by a two day workshop (February 15-16) on Advocacy and AEFJN. The antenna is anchored by the Conferences of Major Superiors of Kenya. Prior to this time, the two conferences (male & female religious congregations) worked independent of each other. AEFJN is now a common voice for the two conferences. A structure to coordinate the activities of the antenna for the next one year has been set up. The antenna chose the theme of Tax Evasion/Money laundering for their advocacy activities and...

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LE COÛT HUMAIN ET ENVIRONNEMENTAL DE L’OPTION BIO-ÉNERGIE DE L’UE – UNE PERSPECTIVE

Le 07 février 2018, AEFJN et quelques organisations de la société civile en Europe ont lancé un nouveau rapport qui radiographie les conséquences socio-économiques du modèle de consommation mondiale croissante d’huile de palme. Mon attention dans le rapport porte en particulier sur le modèle de consommation de l’Union Européenne et ses conséquences négatives potentielles sur la souveraineté alimentaire de l’Afrique, ses impacts écologiques, les bouleversements socio-économiques et la migration sans précédent vers l’Europe. La consommation européenne d’huile de palme a doublé ces derniers temps, atteignant un record de 6,5 millions de tonnes en 2016, faisant de l’UE le deuxième...

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THE HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL COST OF EU’S BIO-ENERGY OPTION – A PERSPECTIVE

On February 07, 2018, AEFJN along with some notable Civil Society Organizations in Europe launched a new report that x-rays the socio-economic consequences of the rising global pattern of palm oil consumption. I pay particular attention in the report to the European Union consumption pattern and its potential negative consequences for Africa’s food sovereignty, ecological impacts, socio-economic upheavals and the unprecedented migration to Europe. The European consumption of palm oil has doubled in recent time hitting a record 6.5 million tons in 2016, making the EU the 2nd largest importer and 3rd largest consumer in the world. The European...

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