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    Gabon’s people-friendly hospital

    11 Aug 2009


    The Ogooué seen from Dr. Schweitzer's home. Photo: M. Sayagues

    The Ogooué River seen from Dr. Schweitzer's home. Photo: M. Sayagues

    I decided to visit my Nicaraguan friend who stays in a village called Fougamou, in central Gabon. So I looked up the nearest town,  Lambaréné. It turned out to have a museum honouring Dr. Albert Schweitzer, who arrived there in 1913, built a hospital, and won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.

    I had never been interested in him but it seemed like a truly off-the-beaten path museum, just my kind. But what sold me on Lambaréné was the name of its river:    Ogooué.  I HAD to see a river with such a wondrous name.

    So I set off to Lambaréné on my way to Fougamou. Believe me, I was in the green heart of Africa. Green, as in rainforest.

    I am glad I went. The river is awesome. The museum is charming. It preserves the old hospital and personal quarters from the 1920s as they were originally.   More »

    PARAGUAY: Women Growing in Politics – at Pace Set by Men

    07 Apr 2009


    By Natalia Ruiz Díaz
    ASUNCION, Apr 7 (IPS) The global tendency towards greater participation
    by women in politics has reached Paraguay, but the pace continues to be
    set by men, and there are still tough barriers to equal access to elected
    posts.

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    CHILE: Therapeutic Abortion – Hot Election Issue

    07 Apr 2009


    By Daniela Estrada
    SANTIAGO, Apr 2 (IPS) The debate on the decriminalisation of therapeutic
    abortion has been revived ahead of the December presidential elections in
    Chile, one of the few countries in the world where abortion is illegal
    even under extreme circumstances, such as risk to the mother's life or
    a severely deformed foetus.

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    MEXICO: Indigenous Woman on the Offensive

    01 Apr 2009


    By Diego Cevallos

    MEXICO CITY, Apr 1 (IPS) – Two years ago, Eufrosina Cruz was kept from running for mayor of her home village by the "traditions and customs" of her indigenous community in southern Mexico, just
    because she is a woman.

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