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COLOMBIA: Colombians march for justice, peace—and a new deal

 

Over 10 rappers from Medellinhave been assassinated  
for speaking against the system, 
while many are in 
hiding. 
This movement has encouraged youth to pick up 
the 
microphone instead of the gun in a city controlled by
armed groups. A rapper performs at the April 9th March
in Medellin.

On 9 April, 2015 thousands of Colombians participated in marches for peace in major cities across Colombia.  Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), along with our local partners, participated in the ones in Bogotá and Medellin. In addition to these two marches, many of our local partners from Barrancabermeja and Guayabo also participated in the march in Bucaramanga, Santander.

The date was significant. On 9 April, 1948  Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, a populist leader and Liberal Party candidate was assassinated. Gaitán had been the mayor of Bogota and at the time of his assassination seemed poised to win the presidential elections, based on his platform of nonviolent solutions to the conflict in Colombia. His assassination resulted in massive rioting that destroyed much of Bogota, and led to a long period of horrific violence in Colombia known as ‘La Violencia’ (approx. 1948 to 1958).

The march was also an endorsement of President Santos’ decision to seek a negotiated solution to the armed conflict in Colombia by entering into dialogue with the FARC.  Santos had campaigned on this issue last year and defeated his major rival, Óscar Iván Zuluaga, who, in line with former President Uribe, insisted that insurgents should be defeated militarily.

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A Week in Photos 12-18 April 2015

Below are some of the best photos the Christian Peacemaker Team in Palestine took in the past week.
 


CHILDHOOD UNDER 
OCCUPATION

 

Pictured here: A lively children's party in the middle of Hebron's Old City brings smiles and hope. At the same, we remember that growing up under the constant violence of military occupation can never be considered a normal childhood. 
(18/04/2015)

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 22, 2015

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 22, 2015

Pray for the extended Jabari family, which owns land between the Israeli settlements of Kiryat ‘Arba and Givat Ha’avot, This week, the Israeli military finally followed through on a long-standing Israeli court order to dismantle a settlement outpost on Jabari family land.  When outposts are taken down, settlers often take out their anger on the nearby Palestinian inhabitants in “pricetag” attacks.

A young member of the Jabari family works his family's land

NIGERIA: Boko Haram trauma survivors discover ways to heal each other


“When I came home after escaping the attack, our home had been bombed, and everything was destroyed,” one woman said.

“I was away when Boko Haram attacked my village,” a man voiced with regret.  ”I still feel horrible that my wife had to face it and flee alone.”

“Everyone else in my village fled when Boko Haram came. I was the only one who stayed, and miraculously, I was not found and killed,” a third said, expressing his gratitude.

“I ran home when our church was attacked,” another shared. “My husband was at home and was able to go in the car to the next village. When he called me, I told him to go ahead and escape. He answered, ‘I will wait for you to find me. We will stay together, and if we die, we will die together.’”

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 5-11 April 2015

 

BLOCKADED

 

Pictured here: A group of young Palestinian girls make their way past an Israeli military blockade in front of Al Fayha Elementary School. In the days surrounding Passover, CPT witnessed a surge in the amount of Israeli military and a rise in the restriction of movement for Palestinians.
(9/4/2015)

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