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COLOMBIA: The Northeast Trail--a travel blog


COLOMBIA: The Northeast Trail--a travel blog

In October 2015 two CPTers traveled with our partners CAHUCOPANA across the Northeast region of Antioquia on a nine-day tour, immersing ourselves CAHUCOPANA’s rigorous daily schedule of workshops, meetings, and lots of travel. The ‘Northeast’, as they refer to it, is a region rich in resources and biodiversity where rolling hills of untouched jungle give way to small communities etched into the landscape, often only accessible by mule or on foot.  Unfortunately the region also has a history of displacement and human rights abuses, because the state does not involve itself in the region. One of CAHUCOPANA’s initiatives in response to this abandonment is the fomentation of women’s activism in the region, by the name of Women’s Humanitarian Action Committees.  Luna and Carlos, CAHUCOPANA field workers in the Remedios municipality and our guides for the week, travel regularly from village to village supporting and organizing the communities in their struggle for justice.  Our objective was to participate in several monthly committee meetings, listening and learning from the women of Northeast Antioquia.  

Prayers for Peacemakers, February 18, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers, February 18, 2016  Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity

Pray for the people of Shoal Lake 40 as they prepare to travel to Geneva, Switzerland, and testify before the United Nations about Canada’s withholding from their Anishinaabe community adequate water, sanitation, healthcare, and education facilities.

February 21, 2016  Second Sunday in Lent
Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen against me, and they are breathing out violence.
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 27: 12-13
 
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming Sunday's Revised Common Lectionary readings.

IRAQI KURDISTAN: "We're sleeping on oil, yet freezing to death"

CPTnet
16 February 2016
IRAQI KURDISTAN: "We're sleeping on oil, yet freezing to death"

Child places flowers in a lake in to remember the 65 people who  died in the Aegean Sea on Jan 22nd 2016
Child places flowers in a lake in to remember the 65 people who
 died in the Aegean Sea on Jan 22nd 2016

"We're sleeping on oil yet freezing to death" is how one Kurdish man summed up the political climate here in Iraqi Kurdistan. War, dropping oil prices, corruption and mismanagement of government funds have led to a financial crisis. As a result, government workers, making up over half of the population, have not been paid in six months. 

CPTer  Muhammad, a fifth grade teacher, had worked without pay for over five months.  For the past month, along with the other school teachers, he has been on strike.  Almost daily, instead of going to the school, Muhammad stops by the CPT house and gives  the latest news about the strikes.

IRAQI KURDISTAN: January 2016 Newsletter

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CPT Iraqi Kurdistan Newsletter - January 2016

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JANUARY 2016

Iraqi Kurdistan


Alternatives to Violence Project changed our lives.


CPT Iraqi Kurdistan engaged in joint project together with STEP (Seeking to Equip People) organisation, which works to support vulnerable children and youth, many of which have been displaced by war in Syria and Iraq. Together with eight staff members of STEP and two other NGO`s workers, we took part in the basic and advanced Alternatives to Violent Projects (AVP) training, which lasted 6 days. Three of the team members participated as trainees and two others as trainers. The workshop is designed to help people learn skills to be able to build better relationships, partnerships and improve them. The training was very interesting and helpful. We made some new friends from different cultures and backgrounds as well as gained a better understanding of violence. The diverse activities brought all of us together and gave us a wider perspective of how we can work together to transform violence and oppression in our everyday lives.

Finally, on 22th of January, after 3 additional days of a very hard and exciting work, we successfully accomplished an AVP training for the facilitators. Now, all of us are ready to facilitate AVP workshops, share the ideas of non-violence methods and spread peace around us.

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Poem: "The boats, the sea, the lives"

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CPTnet
13 February 2016
by Kathy Moorhead Thiessen

A poem: "The boats, the sea, the lives"


(from a blog post)

On the morning of February 4 the team in Iraqi Kurdistan joined together for our gathering/worship time. The electricity had turned on after the night and so people were taking a quick look at their Face Book and emails. My team mate Mohammed Salah showed me a photo of a teenage boy and a woman. I looked at him with a question on my face. He said, "He was my student". I said, "He drowned?" Mohammed's face told me that I was correct. Yad had been in his class two years ago. The impact of the deaths drew near to us.

Lukasz Firla immediately changed the topic for his gathering. We sat in silence and drew and wrote out our feelings. Last week 28 Iraqi Kurds died in the Aegean Sea. Yesterday Kurds from this region were among the 103 persons on the boat, including young Yad from Sulaimani. I wrote this poem as we sat together

"The boats, the sea, the lives"

Kurdistan, oh Kurdistan
How I hate to leave you
But how I long to leave you.
Political crisis, financial crisis
No electricity, no salaries, no school
There is no life, there is no hope
There is no future for my son.
We must leave

I heard about thousands drowning in the sea
Surely they were not prepared
Surely they paid the wrong smuggler
Surely they bought the fake life preservers
We will do better
We will stay in the boat and live

Today the son is a photo on Facebook
Yad- his fourteenth year was his last
There is no life, there is no hope
His body will return to Kurdistan

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