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COOL!TUDE – Cultural Identity

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COOLITUDE

Ti Bato Papye

“Little paper boat” (Translation by Chris Cuniah)   “Little paper boat” (Translation by Chris Cuniah)   Keep afloat my little paper boat Stay afloat and carry all my dreams   Nothing is faster than you in the canal Straw, foliage, stick, you overtook them all Alongside the canal, to follow you, I run In my mind, my heart and soul, we are one The water in the canal guides your destiny, And it also...

GONI – EXPOSITION au BLUE PENNY MUSEUM

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LABOUR MIGRATION TO MAURITIUS: An Exhibition at Ma...

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Favouritism and Lack of Transparency in Public App...

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