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AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos June 20 - 26

 

Umm al-Khair 

Pictured here: This week, CPT visited the village of Umm al-Khair and stayed over for the night. Umm al-Khair is a village situated in the South Hebron Hills, about a 15-minute drive from the town of Yatta. Umm al-Khair is under imminent threat of demolition by the Israeli Military. 

(June 22, 2017)

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Take ownership of your home

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26 June 2017

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Take ownership of your home

By: Daan Savert

On 15 May 2017, we as delegates of the CPT Iraqi Kurdistan spring delegation visited Basta, one of the 63 villages that dot the high mountain area of the Pishdar region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Kak Bapir, the village leader, and his family welcomed us warmly. “The people of CPT are no longer guests here,” Kak Bapir said. “So take ownership of your home.”

In the 1980s the regime of Saddam Hussein displaced thousands of civilians inhabiting the mountains and lowlands of the Pishdar region. After the fall of the Ba’ath regime in 2003 the people were glad to return to and rebuild their homes and villages. However, in 2007 a new period of misery started, when both the Turkish and the Iranian governments began to bomb the region. In 2012 Iranian cross-border artillery bombardments ceased but Turkish air strikes continue until this day. The latest attack took place on 6 April 2017.

Over the last ten years Turkish and Iranian bombs and rockets killed twenty people and destroyed more than one hundred village houses. The farmers and shepherds had to repeatedly abandon and flee their homes. The people of the region suffer from the loss of animals, destruction of homes, businesses and agriculture and a delayed electrical project. Because of the bombings there is a lack of teachers, since they are afraid to come to the villages to teach the children. All of this has resulted in a lot of mental health problems in the region. 

 Kak Bapir and delagates

Photo: Kak Bapir and CPT delagation.

Prayers for Peacemakers, 22 June 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 22 June 2017

Last week, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake shook the Greek island of Lesbos and caused damages to a village and many buildings on the island. The CPT team on Lesbos is safe. However, the tremor cracked a wall of one of the meeting places for the refugee and local communities that CPT's partners worked hard to build.

An earthquake is a terrifying experience that may bring time of contemplation about life and conception of new perspectives. Let us pray for the safety and strength for the CPT team on Lesbos that works hard to amplify voices of their partners. Let us pray for the grass-roots movement of solidarity on Lesbos with those who seek justice and peace. May their commitment inspire us to act. 

Let us be thankful for our lives because we could lose everything in just a few seconds.

Pipka camp

Psalm 46: 1-3

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos June 13 - 19

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON) A week in photos June 13 - 19

 

 

Daily Detainment

 
Pictured here: Israeli soldiers detain a young Palestinian man for several minutes at Bab el-Baladyeh. This week CPT recorded 2 detainments, 1 of a sixteen-year-old child who was detained for an hour and a half. CPT also recorded the arrests of two adults, one only 18 years old. 

(June 16, 2017)

GREECE: Moria, plea for freedom and improved living conditions for refugees detained in a camp on Lesbos

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20 June 2017

GREECE: Moria, plea for freedom and improved living conditions for refugees detained in a camp on Lesbos.

by: Aaron Kaufmann, 

CPT Europe regional project coordinator 

I do not know how the town of Moria got its name. Perhaps it has a specific meaning in Greek, a language in which I lack any skill. Perhaps it was the name of its founder. Whatever the case may be, when I hear it, my mind is instantly drawn to thoughts of the fallen Dwarven stronghold of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. It is probably not fair to compare Moria, Lesbos to Tolkien’s Moria, a deserted underground cavern void of hope that has become the mass grave of an entire city — especially since I have never been invited by a wizard or dwarf to visit it. There is, however, near the Greek town a camp sharing its name, and the comparison between these two tragic places is painfully apt.

I have never been inside the camp of Moria either, but I have seen it from the outside. Fences hold the asylum seekers inside. Moria is not officially a camp — it is a “reception center” for refugees, who are “received” and locked straight away. They spend 25 days locked inside. Their first 25 days in the “enlightened and free West” are spent behind walls topped with razor wire. They are forced to sleep in rows on the ground. They may perhaps be given a blanket, if they are lucky. And they are expected to refrain from complaining. Sometimes there is running water, sometimes not. This place, if anywhere, is a trap and a tomb. It is a grave for hope. It is where humans, like the dwarves of Tolkien’s stories, wait around to expire, their dreams and aspirations all but dead. One man told me, “I would rather have died from a bomb in my own country than die like this in a ‘free’ country.”

Crown close to the fence.

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