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Stewart Vriesinga

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A Christmas Vigil in El Garzal

By Stewart Vriesinga It was a Christmas perhaps more akin to that first one in Bethlehem than the ones I am used to in Canada. No fancy lights—no electricity except for a diesel generator that gets used occasionally at night. No Christmas tree, nor gifts under it. No alcohol. No turkey. And, thankfully, without the … Continue reading

Crucito, Tierralta, Córdoba

In early March CPT Colombia accompanied Giordano of CAHUCOPANA and a small delegation of popular education specialists to a rural sector of Tierralta, a town in Cordoba. (One of CPT Colombia’s local partners is CAHUCOPANA–a grass-roots campesino human rights organization of north-east Antioquia.) The communities are located on an artificial lake created by the Urrá … 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

Las Pavas: The Criminalization of Victims

–by Stewart Vriesinga In twisted and perverse judicial manoeuvres the victims of paramilitary and military crimes are increasingly being denied justice, reparation and protection on the grounds that they are in fact perpetrators rather than victims of crimes. Las Pavas is one of several recent examples of this phenomenon. It is not the paramilitaries who … Continue reading

Hold Them in the Light!

Those who do evil things hate the light and will not come to the light, because they do not want their evil deeds to be shown up. But those who do what is true come to the light in order that the light may show that what they did was in obedience to God. (John … Continue reading

Neo-colonization: Towards a better understanding of the conflict in “post-conflict” Colombia

From colonization to neo-colonization  By today’s standards it is difficult to justify the morality of the conquest and subsequent colonization of Africa, much of Asia and the Americas by predominantly white, militarily-superior, European powers during the previous millennium. What was once assumed as evidently being God’s will –“Manifest Destiny” as it was called at the … Continue reading

Garzal’s President, Reverend Salvador Alcántera, Forced to Flee for His Life

On Friday, December 9th, shortly after Salvador was warned that armed actors wearing balaclavas had come looking for him, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) Colombia accompanied Salvador and his family safely out of the Magdalena Medio region. CPT has been accompanying Garzal and Nueva Esperanza’s struggle to remain on their lands for more than four years … Continue reading

The Miracle of Las Pavas Continues

Christian Peacemaker Jenny Rodriguez and I visited the community of Las Pavas last month (May 2011). It was good to see them back on their land, where I first met them in March of 2009! The Colombian Constitutional Court has recognized that the community’s claims on these lands have merit and must be re-examined, so the … Continue reading

The Miracle of Las Pavas continues

by Stewart Vriesinga Christian Peacemaker Jenny Rodriguez and I visited the community of Las Pavas last month (May 2011). It was good to see them back on their land, where I first met them in March of 2009! The Colombian Constitutional Court has recognized that the community’s claims on these lands have merit and must … Continue reading

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