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Criticism through creativity

Criticism through creativity

It’s the early days of November and the last rains of the season are drizzling over Bangui. The sky is thick with moody clouds, like a towel that is being wrung out of its last drips. The dry winds that announce the arrival of the dry season have just started to blow. News from Eastern parts of the country say that the grass is drying up and the mornings are getting cooler. As months of humidity are coming to an end we are slowly starting to repaint walls that were stained by humidity and sanding down wooden furniture that...


Life's detours.

Life's detours.

To be honest, I did not foresee our journey taking this unexpected turn. I was on a straight trajectory, I had plans and places to be. But life is like that. Everything seems fine and good until suddenly it’s not. Circumstances change so fast we don’t know what has hit us. We are left with its jarring impact, adjusting. Finding our footing.  

Life’s detours are a thing. 

When I look back at the past 3 years, two tragic events out of my control sent me down a path that I had not planned. In 2019 Ndara was running without its


Mystery and marvel: The leopard, the dog and the squirrel

Mystery and marvel: The leopard, the dog and the squirrel

This week we are sharing a Central African tale about stealing. To fully understand this tale and the way it was written we recommend you read our introduction to our folklore series.
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One day, the leopard made a peanut garden. It bore many peanuts.
The squirrel began to steal the leopard’s peanuts. He didn’t steal just one or two, but he was stealing them all the time. But the leopard did not know who was stealing his peanuts because he had sent both the squirrel and the dog to guard his garden.

One day the...


Mystery and marvel: The porcupine and the war ants

Mystery and marvel: The porcupine and the war ants

This week we are sharing a Central African tale about the consequences of actions and how we are all connected. To fully understand this tale and the way it was written we recommend you read our introduction to our folklore series.
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The porcupines had cut grass for their houses. They had put it in the sun to dry. One day they went to tie it into bundles. Look, the ants had eaten it all up. While they stood there looking at it and talking about what had happened, one of these white ants, or...


Mystery and marvel: The moon and the sun

Mystery and marvel: The moon and the sun

This week we are sharing a Central African tale about betrayal. To fully understand this tale and the way it was written we recommend you read our introduction to our folklore series.
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In the beginning, so the old men say, the moon and the sun both had children. One day the people of the village went under the moon and the sun. They said, ”We can’t stay outside to hunt food to eat because of the brightness of your children in this place. When we go out we think that we must die because...