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Christian Peacemaker Teams

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On going home

The small farmers of Colombia have been on strike for the past six weeks.  This meant that thousands of families and hundreds of communities took to the streets of Colombia, blocking major arteries along national highways and demanding change.  The mobilization took place as a result of empty promises from the Santos government who have … Continue reading

A Delightful Day

At its most basic, peacemaking is about relationship-making among individuals and communities whether they are strangers, enemies, or friends. Peacemaking as relationship-making has its roots in the Hebrew and Christian Testaments. Perhaps even more significantly, peacemaking as relationship-making has been evidenced in my life in concrete, embodied experiences with women, children, and men in the … 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

Titles put smiles on their faces

This is a short photo collage showing the happiness the people of Garzal felt the day they received their titles!

Farmers denounce a new invasion of the disputed parcel of ‘Las Pavas’

Published by Semana.com, Tuesday, 10 July 2012: link here. Translation by Duane Ediger Farmers denounce a new invasion of the disputed parcel of ‘Las Pavas’ A farmers association that has occupied an estate intermittently for the last 16 years reported Tuesday that outside laborers invaded the property, the site of one of Colombia’s most important … Continue reading

Prayers for the communities of Garzal

by Pierre Shantz From May 16 to May 26 a team of agricultural engineers, surveyors and lawyers of the Colombian National Institute for Rural Development (Spanish acronym INCODER) were present in the communities of Garzal and Nueva Esperanza. Their mission was to verify amongst several things that the farming families of these two communities, that … Continue reading

Colombia, Women, War, and the Social Movement

Interview with Ana Teresa Lozada, originally published May 2010. by Chris Knestrick Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) had the opportunity to sit down with Ana Teresa Rueda Lozada to do an interview about the reality of womyn in Colombia, particularly the region of Magdalena Medio to understand how the conflict is affecting womyn. Also, CPT wanted … Continue reading

The Other War: 4 things you should know about Colombia’s armed conflict

by Chris Knestrick Contrary to what major world news sources say, the war in Colombia is about much more than drugs. So much of what the global north consumes comes from Colombia – flowers, bananas, coffee, chocolate, gold, oil, coal, palm oil – so why do we know so little about this country? The war … Continue reading

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