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Las Pavas

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Social Processes that Transform Reality

Comunidad Garzal and Nueva Esperanza In my great misery the Lord found me, reached down in the mud and rescued me. He has seated me with kings and has let me rest. He told me that he loved me and restored me, slowly gave me what the world could never give. It is true that … Continue reading

Damn Tree: a reflection about Colombian Oil Palm Trees

The cycle of life has been reversed. Trees defeat the earth. I do not like to say your name, Oil Palm. Scents of gunpowder and pictures of distressed mothers because of a damn tree. When I first heard your name and learned how your fruit could be squeezed and the juice used as a replacement … Continue reading

Las Pavas writes to President Santos

The Farmers Association of Buenos Aires (ASOCAB), yesterday, delivered a letter to President Juan Manuel Santos summarizing the continued attacks and threats received by the community of Las Pavas. They appealed to him on his commitment to victims, “Mr. President, you have shown your commitment to victims. By virtue of this commitment we come to … Continue reading

Las Pavas Wins the National Peace Prize

Last night, members from the community of Las Pavas stood in the national spotlight at the National Museum in Bogotá where they won the the National Peace Prize. Holding the prize, community leader Misael Payeres, announced, “Our primary hope is in God—that one day we would see justice. We hope is that this prize will … Continue reading

New Acts of Terrorism Against the Community of Las Pavas

Following the recent attacks on the community of Las Pavas, ASOCAB, the farmers association relased the following denoucement. PUBLIC DENOUNCEMENT THE FARMERS ASSOCIATION OF BUENOS AIRES “ASOCAB” denounces, before the national and international community, the acts of terrorism to which we are victims, which we add to our previous complaints of assaults by the private … Continue reading

Attempted Arson in Las Pavas

On Monday June 24th as two CPTers arrived to Las Pavas four armed security guards on horses appeared abruptly and prevented them from traveling by motorcycle the rest of the way to the settlement of campesinos.  The guards claimed that the land they were traveling on was private property of the palm company Aportes San Isidro despite … Continue reading

Why does victory have to mean one step closer to disaster rather than happiness?

By Pierre Shantz  Mark 10New International Version (NIV) 26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”29 “Truly I tell … Continue reading

Justice for Tito

New agressions by the palm oil company against the Las Pavas community On May 28th around 50 people of the Las Pavas community entered onto their land with the community tractor carrying palm branches in order to build a roof for their communal ranch house.  Upon arriving they saw various armed men come out of the … Continue reading

An open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Stephen Harper, My name is Hannah Redekop, a 24-year-old Canadian citizen, living and working in Colombia with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), as an international observer for human rights, striving for justice and peace in a country torn by a 50-year civil war. I want to tell you about Las Pavas, a farming community in … Continue reading

Shots Fired in Las Pavas

On Wednesday April 24th armed security guards from palm oil company Aportes San Isidro fired shots and blew out the tire of the Las Pavas community tractor. The community was transporting building materials to repair homes previously damaged by the palm company. The actions of the security guards is another attempt to prevent the community from … Continue reading

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