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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

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

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

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

Lilia’s Story

This is Lilia’s story. Julie and I have been taking shifts in the 24 hour a day accompaniment of Lilia in her home a few miles from our office in the city. She is spending most of her time resting in her room after her recent surgery. Now she’s sitting with me in the in … Continue reading

Food Crisis in Las Pavas

Since their return to the land on April 4th 2011 the community of Las Pavas has suffered dozens of attacks and threats from employees of oil palm company Aportes San Isidro (ASI). These threats have involved burning of homes, theft of fence materials, gunshots fired at community members and continual verbal harassment. Earlier this week … Continue reading

Urgent action: Serious threats to Women leaders and their families

Christian Peacemaker Teams CPT is gravely concerned about the safety and security of the leadership and the families of the Women’s Popular Organization ((Organización Femenina Popular –OFP-), one of CPT’s partners in Colombia. Yolanda Becerra, the national director, and Gloria Amparo Suarez, regional coordinator of the OFP, have been threatened with violence against their children. … Continue reading

New Threats to the Community of Las Pavas by Palm Oil Company Aportes San Isidro

On September 27, 2012 Miriam Villegas, Director of the Colombian Institute for Rural Development, INCODER, the office responsible for the titling of Las Pavas lands announced that 11 plots are vacant land (state land) and that 10 of them should be titled to families of Las Pavas. This small victory for the community comes at … Continue reading

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