South Sudan – the world’s newest country

After fifty years of civil war with the north South Sudan became independent from Sudan in 2011. Peace was short lived. In 2013 fighting broke out between the two main tribes and between the President (Dinka tribe) and Vice President (Nuer tribe). Repeated efforts to resolve the crisis have failed and over a million South Sudanese … More South Sudan – the world’s newest country

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The giant figure of tribalism strides across central Africa scattering families and leaving children vulnerable. Maria, trafficked to the UK, meets Jane, a charity worker striving to free victims and fight exploitation. Together they renovate a house where damaged lives find hope, and in doing so each discovers love, family and a new life.

Des pailles dans le sable – Straws in the sand. The inspiring story of the work of ATD Fourth World with some of the world’s poorest in Tanzania.

Niek’s story of the work of ATD Fourth World in Dar es Salaam is inspiring and moving. His descriptions evoke the sites and smells of African street markets. He tells the story of vendors in the fish market; and the young men who live on the beach and are forced to bury themselves in the … More Des pailles dans le sable – Straws in the sand. The inspiring story of the work of ATD Fourth World with some of the world’s poorest in Tanzania.

In winter bare trees and shrubs bear the nubs of next year’s growth – the promise that Spring will return.

Winter  – the days are short, the trees are bare and a mild autumn has ended abruptly. Shakespeare ‘ s poem ‘When Icicles Hang’ evokes the harshness of the season,  and gives an insight into domestic life in Shakespeare ‘ s time The week has as felt wintry in the UK political sphere as in … More In winter bare trees and shrubs bear the nubs of next year’s growth – the promise that Spring will return.

Lest we forget

Last week my community choir sang in an Armistice Pilgrimage. We went to seven local churches and a school during the week offering a selection of poems, anthems, and hymns to commemorate Armistice. Our director had arranged a beautiful programme; and tears were shed during the performances. In addition to singing I was asked to read a poem by Wilfred Owen called the Send-off. … More Lest we forget