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Protecting Ethiopia’s church forests

In many parts of Ethiopia, the forests surrounding churches and monasteries are among the last remaining in the country. They are severely threatened as people cut trees to obtain firewood. The church fights for the preservation of the forests by making local communities more aware of the link between the forests and water availability and by helping them to find alternative livelihoods for themselves and their families.

Film “My Very Own Circus” receives jury prize

The Ecumenical Jury at the 26th International film Festival for Children and Young Audience Schlingel in Chemnitz, held 9-16 October, awarded its prize to Mon cirque à moi (My Very Own Circus),” directed by Miryam Bouchard (Canada 2020).

Podcast reflects on risks of child trafficking in Malawi

In a new episode of WCC podcasts, Frederique Seidel, WCC senior advisor on Child Rights, interviews Malawian journalist Mphatso Moses Kaufulu on documenting the risks for vulnerable children in his country and how churches can protect them in local communities.

EWN members stand in solidarity with water and land defenders

Berta Caceres was a well-known land rights defender who led a battle against a large dam on ancestral lands in Honduras. She was shot to death at her home in 2016. Recently the former president of the internationally financed dam company was found guilty over the assassination. Members of the WCC-Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) are worried that violence against activists who are taking a stand against the overexploitation of natural resources, like land and water, is on the rise. Unlike the murder of Berta Caceres, most attacks and killings go unpunished.

WCC acting general secretary reflects on preventing violence against children

At an event hosted by the Lutheran World Federation and focusing on Faith Based Actors and Prevention of Violence against Children,” World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca offered opening reflections that focused on, among other efforts, the WCCs initiative ChurchesCommitments to Children” in partnership with UNICEF.