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COLOMBIA: On the move—CAHUCOPANA provides haven and hope for displaced leaders and families

Photo: Marian DeCouto/CPT

“We believe that the people who find refuge there have the right to return to their territory, to their home, to their culture”

In one corner of Colombia there are communities that believe in life, and that resist violence in an organized way. We call on the solidarity of other people to get to know our country, which is a beautiful country with people who dream.”

“No, no, don’t leave yet! I have to denounce!”

The Cahucopana leader’s fingers flew with purpose over her cellphone’s keyboard as we sat in the jeep waiting to depart from Remedios. Her team had received word of an assassination committed by three armed men in Lejanías, a town in the municipality of Remedios, and were urgently attempting to publicly declare the injustice of this violence through social media before we lost all cell signal three minutes into our journey. In Colombia the public denouncing of an injustice, by formal or informal means, is the first step toward initiating a formal legal process to seek redress.

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Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is currently accepting applications for its Peacemaker Corps.  Join us in building partnerships to transform violence and oppression!  APPLICATION DEADLINE is 1 October 2018.  Please direct any questions and send complete application to personnel@cpt.org. Qualified applicants may be invited to participate in CPT’s intensive, month-long training from 10 January – 10 February 2019 in Colombia, South America where membership in the Peacemaker Corps is discerned.

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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.