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Zambia Weighs Policy to Crack Down on Unregistered Preachers

Region: Zambia

Topics: PoliticsReligion

Officials, determined to prevent exploitation by religious leaders, are considering a law that would require certified training to open a church. Pastors worry about the ramifications of increasing government interference.

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Study Finds Contaminated Holy Water at Famous Ugandan Shrine, Not So Believers Say

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthReligion

Many people in Uganda believe that holy water heals illnesses, and drink it without boiling it first. But it might be what’s causing the problem in the first place.

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Sounds of Solidarity: Choir Practice Brings the Military and the People Together in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: CultureHuman RightsReligion

In DRC, there is a long history of distrust between local people and members of the national army. But in one village, people from the two groups are singing their way to a better understanding through a church choir group.

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Ugandan Airport Expansion Project Cuts Worshippers off From Sacred Ground

Region: Uganda

Topics: Legal RightsReligion

A long-standing tradition ended in 2017, when Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority fenced off an area where practitioners of ancient religions had made animal sacrifices. In a country where much land is not formally deeded, and ownership disputes are common, a spiritual leader wonders how the airport could claim title to the site, when his clan has been its rightful owner for more than half a millennium.

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Breaking With Tradition, Zimbabwean Women Perform on the Mbira

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: CultureReligion

Tradition holds that playing the mbira can summon the spirits of dead ancestors - and that women should not play the instrument. But several women in Zimbabwe are redefining the instrument and the music, composing songs with political and social messages.

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In Search for a Permanent Home, Zimbabwe’s Rastafarians Work to Dispel Myths About Their Faith

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Religion

A community of Rastafarians have made a home for themselves on a hill near Mutare, Zimbabwe. Now they’d like to own the land they’ve been using so they can educate others about their faith and make it a place of pilgrimage for Rastafarians from around the world.

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All-Female Rara Bands: Haitian Women Break Musical Barriers

Region: Haiti

Topics: ArtsCultureReligion

Blending music and Voodoo, rara bands have long been a fixture of Haiti's Carnaval. But now all-female troupes are bringing new looks and new sounds to the formerly male-only tradition.

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Nepalese Girls Take Part in Hindu Festival

Region: Nepal

Topics: Religion

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Ugandan Street Band Entertains

Region: Uganda

Topics: Religion

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Nepalese Children Play on a Hindu Chariot

Region: Nepal

Topics: Religion

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