Alter servers are preparing for a traditional catholic mass celebration in the cathedral of Bangassou.
Nowadays 1500 Muslims find refuge in the cathedral and the catholic mission premises protected by the priest and the Minusca. ------- In a war-torn country like the CAR, brothers and sisters, Christians and Muslims are pitted against one-another. The chance that a small incident can escalate into violence or a resumption of conflict, is very real.Bangassou, a town in the south of the CAR, is struggling to keep the peace in their region after the Seleka rebels had occupied it.
Laypeople, politicians, priests, Muslim leaders and civic/cultural organizations each use their own strategy to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control.
In this void between normalcy and war, the people of Bangassou struggle to carry on.
For some time this fragile calm has been maintained; the residents of Bangassou have spared themselves from the cycle of retributive violence which has cursed so many other communities in their country. Together with Stephan Van Diest I visited Bangassou in 2015 to make this series.
Unfortunately since the Anti-Balaka rebels entered Bangassou in May 2017, the situation has deteriorated and the peaceful town has been caught up in the conflict.
**In the spirit of #internationalruralwomensday2017 ** In Mongolia, women residing in the most remote parts of their country or in the 'ger areas' of the cities are vital to the functioning of their household. Throughout the often chaotic life they live in, she is relied upon to remain a stable pillar; mother, a carer, a wife, a herder, a daughter. Many of the women we met were humble in the way they went about their daily activities but had dreams and desires that are so often left unmet.
In the city, we met seamstresses who wish for nothing more than to be able to help provide for their family and achieve the 'good life' they set out for when deciding to migrate. We met rural women who leave their husbands in the winter time, the harshest part of the year for herders, to live with their young children in the nearest town so they can get the education they deserve. We met a particularly inspirational widowed woman who manages a herd of 600 yaks and her six children.
The magnificence and strength of these amazing women and the many women across the world, should not be taken for granted. Mongolia's women deserve to be celebrated today, and every day! So here are some photos of the women we met this summer... #humanity_shots_#humanstories#mongolianfaces#womenmatter#strongwomen#internationalruralwomensday @internationalwomensday #worldfoodday#bigsteppe#solidarity#caremore#standwithyoursisters#feminism#feministpride#feminismhasnoborders @womenmatter @human.and.places @citizensofhumanity @humanity_shots_ @climatechangecom
takes a hand,
opens a mind, and
touches a heart." - unknown
During a farewell ceremony, one of our students gave a quite emotional speech about his time with us. // more on our blog at link in bio