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The Resurrection of Africa

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The destiny of the African continent with its condition of poverty and abandonment is at the center of the concerns of the Community and its humanitarian and peacemaking initiatives.

The commitment in Mozambique also marked the beginning of the first communities in that country. Over the years many Communities of Sant'Egidio have grown in many other parts of the continent, totally composed of Africans, which represent a network of fraternity in a context of great poverty. Each African community, although composed of persons who are not well off, is committed to the service of those who are most poor. Numerous and important services arose, to the youth of the shantytowns, in African prisons, among the street children, and among the adults of the slums of big African cities. The communities also intervene in response to natural disasters, as was the case with the floods in Mozambique, hurricane Mitch, and earthquakes in Central America.

School of Peace in Mozambique

Young workers, university students, managers and African professionals, in the spirit of the Community, become the protagonists of a new society which responds with commitment and friendship to pessimism and resignation. Interpreter of the hope for peace and justice of many Africans, Sant'Egidio offers itself as a concrete alternative to the fragmentation and ethnicization (becoming ethinically divided)of societies, out of the prospect of a rebirth of civil society through the communication of the respect for civil rights and for the culture of solidarity and peace and of its effective and tangible realization by Africans themselves.

Peace negotiations for Burundi

The bond between the Community and the continent has also expressed itself in new political initiatives in favor of peace, as in the case of the peace process for Burundi - where Matteo Zuppi held the office of the president of the commission for the "ceasefire and disarmament"- or in the case of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For the latter country, the intervention of the Community was asked for by various parties, with a mediation proposal still under consideration.

From the humanitarian point of view the Community is committed to the reconstruction and administration of the largest hospital in Guinea-Bissau, destroyed by the recent war with Senegal. Furthermore, since 2001, in order to react to the devastating progression of the disease over the African continent, the community has launched a project of prevention and treatment of AIDS starting with Mozambique.

The hospital in Guinea Bissau

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October 13 2016

A delegation of the Community of Sant'Egidio meets the President of the Central African Republic Touadéra

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October 5 2016

5th October, World Teacher’s Day: All to school…of peace!

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September 23 2016

Texts and speeches of the closing ceremony of Thirst for Peace - Assisi 2016

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August 29 2016

Sant'Egidio in Nairobi to talk about peace, development and the right to care for all

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August 27 2016

Joy at the announcement of the peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC

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August 17 2016

Progress in the mediation for the end of the armed clashes in Mozambique. The country is thirsty for peace

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October 21 2016
Sette: Magazine del Corriere della Sera

Andrea Riccardi: La guerriglia colombiana ha perso la fede

October 11 2016
Agenzia SIR

Colombia: al via i colloqui di pace tra Governo e Eln. Sostegno da Chiesa e Sant’Egidio

October 8 2016

La pace con le Farc: il Nobel sulla fiducia al presidente Santos

October 8 2016
Corriere della Sera

Andrea Riccardi: Il consenso da ricostruire sugli accordi di pace in Colombia

October 7 2016

Accordo raggiunto a Sant'Egidio per pacificare le tribù nel Fezzan

October 7 2016
Vatican Insider

Sant’Egidio plaude al Nobel per Juan Manuel Santos

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Libya: The humanitarian agreement for the region of Fezzan, signed at Sant'Egidio on June 16th 2016 (Arabic text)

Nuclear Disarmament Symposium on the 70 th anniversary of the atomic bomb. Hiroshima, August 6 2015


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