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Delegations, Displacement, Las Pavas, Uncategorized

Jesus is Buried

Jesus’s life brought the good news and a message of life, justice, equality, respect, liberty, love for the others, and peace through nonviolence and dignity.

Jesus is killed and buried and along with him his message of life which invited everyone to focused on the excluded, the sick, the marginalized and victims of violence. As Jesus was buried then, today people and communities are being buried and silenced by the violence, the mono-cropping, land grabbing by multinationals, the unjust economy, the displacement, the weapons, intimidation and death, which are heavy stones which try to bury Jesus’ message of life. Today, we see Jesus reflected in the disappeared and murdered, especially in the Las Pavas community. These are the stones that intend to keep people and communities silent. Just as in the time of Jesus, the stone was meant to keep his life, work, and project silent.

Las Pavas is a community of 123 rural families (more than 500 persons), who have been displaced in several occasions since the 1950’s by the major economic powers such as live-stock farmers, drug-traffickers, and mono-crops of oil palm, with the help of legal and illegal armed groups. These powers are trying to bury Las Pavas, but Jesus enables the community to move beyond the grave, beyond the stones that try to prevent the triumph of good over evil, justice over injustice, truth over lies, and life over death.

The following are the lyrics of a song that keeps the memory of the attempts to bury the Las Pavas community:

Martín Valiente and his sugarcane

Martín Valiente is a brave farmer,

Who faced the mountains of Las Pavas.

He did not care if the tiger stalked him

And in his sugarcane, Martín took refuge.

Coro 1.

Martín Valiente is now very sad,

Because on the 14th of July the palm displaced him;

Now his soul is torn

Because Martín´s sugarcane was lost.

I.

Martín Valiente was very happy

Because President Uribe was his legislator;

but when he realized that he had displaced him,

Martín Valiente renounced Uribe

II.

I have told everything but not the saddest part,

What happend next to Martín Valiente,

One of his daughters got sick,

And since he had no money, the girl died.

Coro 2.

Martín Valiente is now very sad,

Because on the 14th of July the palm displaced him;

Now his soul is torn

Because his beautiful girl left him all alone.1

With Jesus, we realize and remember that the way of life doesn’t end with the grave and can’t be buried. The empty grave is a sign of hope and victory. Today the message stays alive among people and communities and invites us to commit ourselves en their journey.

1 Edwin Torres (“Monchi Pavero”). 2011

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About CPT Colombia

CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams) Colombia is an International organization seeking to be allies for and partner with communities who are threatened with displacement and violence. We try to support their initiatives to promote justice and peace and their resistance to attempts by those who oppress them and seek to dispossess them of their land, culture and livelihoods.

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