Voices of Holy Week 2019:  Solidarity in campesinx communities

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The solidarity in the campesinx* communities working for the right to their territory is the fundamental base around which the unity of the community consolidates. Unity is a force that is born from the heart and at the same time lies in the ground until life puts down roots into the territory; outside of that community it does not exist. The campesinx communities in Colombia are one with the earth, they run with the river, vibrate with the wind, grow with the rain, their surroundings are their home and their neighbors are their family.

Barefoot and with their head held high, they face the apathy and defamation of a state that has forgotten that justice is not for those who can buy it.  And those to whom without a doubt justice is denied to – those devoid of legal “resources” – they look for a better living. But dignity does not have a price, you cannot buy nor negotiate for it, and it is solely in the hands of those who work the land and with these hands they can build a better land and their own social justice that those who corrupt their power will never have.

Jhony Arango,  member of the 2019 CPT-Colombia Holy Week delegation

*campesinx is gender inclusive form of the Spanish word for farmer (campesino/campesina)

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