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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

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!

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

Micoahumado: Celebrating ten years of community sovereignty

Ten years of organizing, nine years as a People’s Assembly and a resilient, ongoing presence on the land: These were the achievements celebrated by the community of Micoahumado in Colombia’s Magdalena Medio region March 14. Student groups took up microphones and with song, dance and other artistic media created an ambiance of joy and hope … Continue reading

Consider the lilies. Then Consider Your Investments.

by Stewart Vriesinga Consider the lilies. Well its not a lily actually. I don’t actually know what they are called. But I did consider them. Not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these! And there are two of them growing out of the wall on our patio, and several more … Continue reading

The Valley of the Shadow of Death

The Valley of the Shadow of Death –by Stewart Vriesinga (Sunday, February 26th, 2012) Even when you don’t actually see them, the paramilitaries cast a long shadow. When we were traveling this road in North-east Antioquia last week my teammate Gladys and I didn’t actually see any paramilitaries. At least we don’t think we did. … Continue reading

A cup of coffee sweetened by justice!

by Pierre Shantz Almost eleven years after coming to Colombia, I finally visited the famous Eje Cafetero.  It is a coffee region in the central range of the Andean mountains.  Compared to Barrancabermeja’s 35 degree Celsius weather, the beautiful mountain breeze kept it at a perfect 20 to 25 degrees. It has beautiful green mountains … Continue reading

Only One Hope

The social organizations led by women are always the most vulnerable and least heard. Sometimes I wish God’s justice came unquestioned and fast. I see women who denounce the perverse and announce that which gives life, that which is to be enjoyed and shared with others. Others may be touched by the mantle which thousands … Continue reading

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