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Mediterranean: On watch

The waves crashed on the stony beach. Out in the water of the Aegean Sea, between the Island of Lesvos and the coast of Turkey, the lights of coast guard boats and an occasional fishing boat could be seen in the moonless night. Two of our team joined members of the Emergency Rescue Centre International (ERCI) team as they started their evening all-night vigil to watch for and assist with passengers in refugee boats if they arrive at this area of the island. 

Night-vision binoculars were on hand.  An orange tarp was removed from a stack of blankets, kept for the warmth of the volunteers.  Wooden pallets for seating had been set up around a mound of rocks, where the group would light a campfire during the colder months of the year. During the dryer months of the summer there are regulations against open fires.

The rhythmic sound of the waves gave a backdrop for meditating, and we had plenty of time for getting to know each other. Though some did nap during the early hours of the morning, several participants always remained awake and alert to respond if a boat came. Other clusters of ERCI workers were holding similar at a couple other locations around the island where boats might arrive from Turkey. 

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Palestine/Israel Delegation Sat, 09/17/2016 Fri, 09/30/2016
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About CPT

Partnering with nonviolent movements around the world, CPT seeks to embody an inclusive, ecumenical and diverse community of God's love.  We believe we can transform war and occupation, our own lives, and the wider Christian world through:

  • the nonviolent power of God's truth
  • partnership with local peacemakers
  • bold action

CPT places teams at the invitation of local peacemaking communities that are confronting situations of lethal conflict.  These teams seek to follow God's Spirit as it works through local peacemakers who risk injury and death by waging nonviolent direct action to confront systems of violence and oppression. 

CPT understands violence to be rooted in systemic structures of oppression. We are committed to undoing oppressions, starting within our own lives and in the practices of our organization.