Annual Report 2022

Community Peacemaker Teams

Where We Work

Centuries of colonization driven by violence, capitalism, and racism have turned the state of the world upside down. At CPT, we are committed to undoing oppressions and building coalitions in solidarity with our partners for their liberation and ours. To struggle against the status quo for justice and dignity means nothing less than turning our minds downside-up.

31 Fulltimers

130 Reservists

Iraqi Kurdistan


Lesvos, Greece

Turtle Island Solidarity Network


Agua Prieta, US/Mexico Borderlands

Letter from the Directors

Milena Rincón: Program Director
Muriel Schmid: Adminstrative Director

In January 2022, CPT became Community Peacemaker Teams. This name change has been in the works for a long time as we grew into a multi-faith and multicultural community. Our new name seeks to reflect the diversity of this community, the web of relationships that CPT has built and cultivated over the past 35+ years as well as the desire to be inclusive and welcoming of all. We have not abandoned our spiritual grounding nor the principles of our work, we simply added seats at our table as some of us like to say.

While we were discussing the possibility of changing our name, a small group of us worked on developing a new guide to support each team in continuing their spiritual practices in the midst of violence and resistance. One sentence in this guide captures what we are hoping for: “As a community grounded in spirituality, our longing is for an inclusive community where the sacred is recognized and revealed in many traditions and tongues, identities and images, colors, and cultures.”

Over the past year, we have received from all of you, not only the ongoing financial and moral support we need for our work, but also a lot of enthusiastic affirmation for our new name. For this, we are grateful and we are deeply appreciative that you have chosen to be part of our growing community of peacemakers!

For many reasons, the past year has been difficult. As the war in Ukraine took the center-stage, CPT witnessed an increase of violence everywhere around it. The world didn’t come out of the COVID pandemic a better place; on the contrary, a lot of places are burning literally and figuratively. Palestinian civilians are being killed, Colombian human rights activists are assassinated, Kurdish farmers are being bombed, and migrants seeking refuge in Europe or the US are thrown in jail.

The work has continued and grown stronger! All our teams, in Greece, Colombia, Palestine, Iraqi Kurdistan and on Turtle Island have made an impact towards justice for migrants, the land ownership of small farmers, the children’s access to education, the denunciation of cross-border bombing, and the implementation of Indigenous rights to their territories. In the grand scheme of it, CPT is a small community of peace- and justice-seekers, yet our voice along with the voice of the partners we accompany has found ways to be heard. And you have been lifting their struggles with us, listening to their stories, reading our newsletter and social media posts, sponsoring our teams, and keeping us in your prayers!

During the pandemic, mobility, as you know, was extremely limited; CPT had to reimagine how to do its work on the ground and now all of our teams are mainly composed of members who come from the community we have traditionally accompanied. This has marked a radical shift for CPT, decentering white Western privilege, and changing our name just at the end of the pandemic has ultimately coincided with this shift.

We are learning with our teams to be better peace-allies as they fight for their own liberation and their own rights. Thank you for staying with us in this work!


Programmatic Strategy

Unarmed Accompaniment

CPT provides accompaniment for human rights and land defenders, both individuals and communities. Our physical presence hopes to provide safety by drawing attention to the threats people face.


Listening to the message of our partners and amplifying their voice, we advocate government and society for change that can bring about lasting justice and peace

Nonviolence Training

CPT equips individuals and communities with skills to nonviolently resist oppression


CPT documents incidents of violence that can be used for advocacy, news and media, and truth telling

Undoing Oppression

At the root of all violence is oppression. CPT strives to undo oppression within our own organization and provide our constituency with tools to undo oppression in their own community
Documentation is central to the work of CPT – teams record incidents of violence and human rights abuses that otherwise would go unnoticed by the world. On 29 August, the CPT Iraqi Kurdistan team presented a new report titled, ‘Civilians Casualties of Turkish Military Operations in Northern Iraq 2015-2021’ at a seminar in Sulaymaniyah. This report, part of the End Cross Border Bombings Campaign, is the result of years of work – for 6 years, the team has meticulously compiled research and data about the effects of the Turkish cross-border bombings. The research lays out, for the first time, the civilian impact of this often underreported aggression, which has fueled insecurity and instability in the area. The report has been presented to journalists, parliamentarians and the wider international community, as a way to advocate for the rights and lives of those impacted. As CPT Iraqi Kurdistan team member, Mohammed Salah, stated at the release of the report: “Every story mentioned in this report matters, and we should not wait longer to document more stories. Instead, we all together as human beings must seek and take action for peace for the Iraqi people. Only together can we work to not let the tragedy of history repeat itself on this land,” Across our programs, documentation is an important means of demonstrating the everyday reality of violence and oppression that communities struggle against. It is a way to share this reality with the world, at both a political and local level and advocate for the communities we work within. It serves as a record of our witness, reflecting the truth of what is happening on the ground; a truth which will one day hold oppressors accountable and create a just and sustainable peace.

Research by the international civil society coalition End Cross Border Bombing Campaign (ECBBC), lays out for the first time and in meticulous detail the civilian impact of an often underreported aggression.

CPT and six other local and international NGO’s make up the Coalition.

The Steering Committee

Who is the Steering Committee? 

We are at-large members, representatives of sponsoring bodies, and CPT corps members who are responsible for holding the organization accountable to CPT’s mission, vision, and values. We have the legal responsibility, authority and accountability for policy decisions. Observers are welcome at our meetings and at times we invite corps members and/or reservists to participate in our discussions.

How do we function?

Much of our work is done through three standing subcommittees: Administrative/Development, Personnel, and Program. All SC members, with the exception of Corps members, serve on one of these and may also serve on ad hoc working groups with corps members.

Writing or revising policies involves actively seeking input from all parts of the organization so we can address any concerns and make changes prior to coming before the Steering Committee for consensus.

Other decisions are also made by consensus. Some of these include approving budgets and financial statements. At times this means we must make difficult decisions to ensure that the organization will remain financially healthy in the long term. 

What else do we do?

We also participate in learning opportunities, especially on Undoing Oppressions, so that we are better equipped to make decisions that will allow the corps to thrive in the invaluable nonviolent peacemaking work they do; advocate on behalf of CPT’s mission and programs; assist in securing adequate funding and monitor finances; recruit, appoint, support, monitor and evaluate the Directors; and participate in the development and evaluation of programs.

Partner Highlight: Colombia

The farming community is located on the banks of the Magdalena River and is made up of approximately 350 families. In El Guayabo people breathe peace and harmony – they share their pain, their sorrows, their joys. It is a place where its people protect the land as if they were protecting one of their own.

Over the last six decades, Colombia has experienced an armed conflict that has impacted all aspects of life. The Middle Magdalena region, where the community of El Guayabo is based, has been directly impacted by the dynamics of this violence. In its 20+ years in Colombia, CPT has worked with and accompanied organizations and communities that refuse to abandon their lands and struggle for a dignified life.

El Guayabo is one of those communities. Since 2014 CPT Colombia has provided accompaniment while they resist being evicted from their lands by Mr. Rodrigo Lopez. The team visits community members once a month, offering physical presence in the territory, working alongside other organizations to defend what belongs to the community by right.

CPT team member, Juan Camargo offers this reflection: “Although we have been accompanying El Guayabo for nearly 10 years, we cannot imagine what it feels like to work your land for more than 30 years, when suddenly a stranger appears saying, “This is mine and everyone needs to leave.” And he comes with armed police ready to beat and even kill you and take away what is rightfully yours.

At this moment in El Guayabo, we see a community that turned hate, pain, anger, sadness, displacement and mistreatment into love and hope. That is why when we walk through its streets we feel joy and faith. We know that in the midst of all challenges they are capable of resisting – they themselves created their own protection mechanisms. On their land, they found a reason to stay, they found a place where they could release their sorrows, turn their tears into resistance and continue the struggle.”

Number of accompaniment trips made to partners in 2022: 92

Accompaniment Highlight: TISN

Turtle Island Solidarity Network

2022 has been a time of resurgence, relationship and coalition building, as well as advocacy:

In May, CPT responded to an invitation from Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders to go to Gidimt’en in Wet’suwet’en Territory. Coastal Gas Link, with government and RCMP support, have continued to build a pipeline through Wet’suwet’en Territory, demolishing ancient sites and threatening the sacred waters of the Wedzin Kwa—all without the consent of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs. The construction of the pipeline is part of the roadmap of colonialism that seeks to violently displace Indigenous Peoples for settler industry and capital gains. While in Wet’suwet’en, CPT witnessed the militarized occupation carried out against the Wet’suwe’ten People.

In July, CPTers helped to host a large delegation of elders, women and youth from Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows First Nation) visiting Toronto for a River Run week of action. Community members led a march calling on the Ontario government to provide compensation to the whole community for the impact of mercury poisoning, and to respect Grassy Narrows’ sovereignty over their traditional territory. CPT continues to support Grassy Narrows’ campaigns to protect their land and waters from logging and mining.

Since October, TISN has continued to grow and expand its grassroots work on the ground, jumping deeply into anti-poverty work. CPT is part of a network of organizers that is trying to build collective power alongside people who are unhoused. This has resulted in accompanying people who are living in the shelter system and/or living in encampments. After the City of Toronto announced they would be closing the Novotel hotel shelter at the end of December – a temporary shelter that was opened to respond to safe housing during the pandemic – CPT joined a campaign demanding an end to police evictions; individualized housing plans; the right to refuse relocations; an end to the two-bag limit in shelters; and financial compensation for resident belongings that have been disposed.

CPT is committed to decolonization and Indigenous sovereignty across Turtle Island, and around the world. We will continue advocating and organizing alongside those waging nonviolent direct action to confront systems of violence and oppression.

Impact Highlight: Palestine

The work of CPT Palestine can be divided into two parts; the fieldwork and the office work. Accompaniment is an important part of the fieldwork, particularly the accompaniment of Palestinian children as they make their way to school. The team provides a protective presence as children pass through Israeli checkpoints, being subjected to violence, harassment, detainment and arrest. The team’s presence helps to reduce the risk of these violations occurring and brings a sense of comfort to the children and their families.

In addition to accompanying the children, the team closely monitors the two main checkpoints that the children use to access their schools – Al-salaymeh and Abu Arish. The team observes, documents, and collects information of any incidents that take place. This information is used to inform international organisations and communities about the impingements to the children’s access to education. The CPT Palestine team is also present during occasions when there is heightened Israeli settler and military violence, which often takes place during the olive harvest season. Moreover, the team responds to emergencies like arrests, detentions, home raids and demolitions 24 hours a day.

In the office, all that they witness in the field is documented and collated into reports, social media posts and newsletters that are shared with the CPT and international community, so people can know the truth of what life is like living under occupation. The data is also used by organisations such as the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, which directly reports on human rights abuses in Palestine.

While the impact of this work may not always be immediately visible, it can have significant long-term effects in terms of raising awareness, promoting accountability, and advocating for human rights.

Trial Reporting: AMS

Aegean Migrant Solidarity

In September 2021, Homayoun Sabetara’s daughter Mahtab, who lives in Berlin, received a phone call – her father had been arrested and was in prison in Greece.

Charge: Smuggling. Impending prison sentence: 100 years.

In view of the increasingly difficult political situation, Sabetara had left Iran a few weeks earlier to follow his daughters to Berlin. However, there was no legal and safe way to get to Germany, which is why he entrusted himself to a smuggler, who was supposed to take him across the border from Turkey to Greece. There the smuggler had organized a car for the onward journey overland towards Thessaloniki. Sabetara did not have enough money with him for the onward journey. He promised the smuggler that his daughters would organize the rest of the money and send it to an acquaintance in Thessaloniki. In return, the smuggler demanded that he drive the car. Shortly afterwards, the smuggler disappeared, leaving Sabetra and seven other refugees who crossed the border with him alone. Before reaching Thessaloniki, however, they were stopped and checked by the police. Sabetara was arrested and charged with smuggling.
On 26 September, 2022, Sabetara stood trial in Thessaloniki, Greece. The court date had already been postponed three times since May 2022. After two hours of trial, Sabetara was found guilty on all charges. Due to his daughter’s testimony and Sabetara’s former “moral life” being recognised as a mitigating factor, the final sentence was reduced to six years per transported person, resulting in a 18 year prison term.

The trial of Sabetara is unfortunately not an isolated case. Instead of providing protection and access to asylum procedures and basic human rights, the European and Greek authorities are prosecuting and imprisoning people seeking safe passage to Europe without any evidence.

In 2022, the CPT AMS team monitored Sabetara’s trial and others like it. Trial monitoring not only ensures that there is clear documentation of the criminalisation of migrants, which brings international attention to the oppressive political situation, but also holds the judiciary accountable, encouraging them to act more impartially. In addition, the presence of the AMS team provides solidarity to those accused and their families.

Number of trials monitored in 2022 (each court appearance): 19

Ground Realities: US/Mexico Borderlands

From the summer of 2006 – when it opened – until 2015, the Centro de Recursos para Migrantes (CRM) served Mexican migrants who were deported by the US Border Patrol to Agua Prieta, Sonora, MX. The majority of these people were economic migrants who were looking for a better way to support their families.

In the years 2015 through 2017 no one was deported to Agua Prieta; rather during that time all deported people in this part of Arizona were sent to Nogales, Sonora. In 2018 people from the south – still mostly Mexicans – began arriving at the CRM who were fleeing danger from organized crime. They came to ask for asylum. Especially by 2019 there were increasing numbers of people not only from Mexico, but also from Central and South America, Cuba, and Russia requesting asylum in the US. By the summer of that year, volunteers from CPT and the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship arrived to accompany these migrants in the face of cartel threats in Agua Prieta. Because of Covid, the border was closed in March, 2020, to all non-citizens, including asylum seekers. No one at all came to the CRM again until December, 2020, when the Border Patrol began removing undocumented migrants from the US under Title 42 of the US health code – ostensibly to protect people in the US from the threat of Covid. In the years of 2021 and 2022 just over 70,000 people removed from the US came through the CRM for food, water, clothes, medical assistance, and information. These observations make it clear that immigration policy did not significantly change under the Biden administration. However, since last fall, the numbers have been decreasing. It is not clear if that has been in anticipation of the end of Title 42 (in May, 2023) or not.

Staff and volunteers at the CRM have 2 questions about what will happen in Agua Prieta when Title 42 ends. One question is, “Will the Port of Entry here open again to asylum seekers?” The second is “what will happen now to undocumented migrants who are apprehended in the US?”

Ombud’s Report

kody Hersh, Ombuds

In 2019, Community Peacemaker Teams developed a new, comprehensive policy on harassment. The policy was designed to integrate CPT’s commitment to undoing oppressions, emerging understandings of the nature of trauma, and non-punitive possibilities for responding to harm, into a set of practices that would allow CPT to respond compassionately, supportively, and responsibly to incidents of harassment.

The new policy created the volunteer role of “CPT Ombuds.” Functioning independently of existing CPT structures, the Ombuds was charged with providing training and leadership for other CPT volunteers involved in harassment response; receiving complaints and reports of harassment; connecting those who experience harassment with emotional, logistical, and material support; and ensuring thorough, ongoing review and revision of CPT’s Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policy.

For the past four years, I’ve been incredibly grateful and honored to serve as CPT’s Ombuds. Similar to my previous experiences of CPT work as a field team reservist and delegation leader, serving as CPT Ombuds was both challenging and deeply rewarding. It asked me to be fully emotionally and spiritually present in intensely difficult situations – witnessing, listening, and endeavoring to offer support in ways that respect the dignity, power, and agency of people who have experienced harm.

CPT’s policy for responding to harassment draws on work – much of it done by women of color – in the areas of Restorative and Transformative Justice. In my own country, the United States, we typically rely on two models for responding to harm; we dehumanize and discard perpetrators, often through our immense machinery of mass incarceration; or, especially in cases of heavily gendered violence like harassment and sexual harm, we dismiss and minimize both the harm done, and the people who have experienced it. The Restorative and Transformative Justice movements invite us on a different path – one in which the harm done, and the need for meaningful healing and repair, is taken seriously, and understood in the context of broader dynamics of power and oppression, while respecting the humanity of everyone involved.

As in all of CPT’s work, the work of the Ombuds and all those involved in harassment response is to partner with those who have experienced violence and oppression, seeking to offer accompaniment and support in ways that are requested of us, and that fit the specific situation. It has been a deeply enriching and humbling experience to serve in this way. I am so grateful to every person I have worked with in this role for the trust they have placed in me.

Financials 2022

This last year could not have been possible without your generosity. Even when the world felt uncertain, you, our community, kept showing up for us. We couldn’t be more grateful.

Thank you.

CPT’s financial model focuses on equipping, training, and building a volunteer base of peacemaker corps. These fulltime, part-time, and reservist volunteers are our primary resource. The peacemaking work of CPT is profoundly human in its coalition-building and physical/political accompaniment which is fully staffed by a corp that receives stipends and healthcare.


Individual Contributions: 662,444
Congregational Contributions: 94,841
Grants: 184,925
Delegations: 8,340
Special Gifts: 152,867
Others: 20,257

Total Revenue: 1,123,674

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Colombia: 186,925
Aegean Migrant Solidarity: 147,440
Palestine: 242,865
Iraqi Kurdistan: 232,048
Turtle Island Solidarity Network: 56,643
Admin/Fundraising: 199,739
Care: 23,224
Training: 3.382
Undoing Oppressions: 9,439
Communications: 54,190

TOTAL Expense 1,167,018

TOTAL Net Income (Before Other Income/Expense): (43,344)

Investment Unrealized Gain (Loss): (120265)

Bottom Line: (163609)

Membership List

Steering Committee List 

Co-Chair: Victoria (Tori) Bateman (At-Large Member)
Co-Chair: Ruth Noel (Presbyterian Peace Fellowship)
Secretary: Nathan Perrin (Friends United Meeting)
Treasurer: Wilson Tan (At-Large Member)
Treasurer-in-Training: Benni Isaak-Krauss (Deutsches Mennonitisches Friedenskommittee German Mennonite Peace Committee)
Marie Benner-Rhoades (On Earth Peace)*
Gisela Cardozo (At-Large Member)
Esther Kern (Mennonite Church Canada)
Annelies Klinefelter (At-Large Member)
Juan Carlos Rojas (Congregation of St. Basil)
Chrissy Stonebraker-Martinez (At-Large Member)*
James Thomas (At-Large Member)

Peacemaker Corp – Full-time, Part-time and Reservist

CPT Palestine Team
Ahmad Abu Monshar, Palestine
Ameera Nader, Palestine
Baha Sultan, Palestine
Shahd al-Junaidi, Palestine
Tarteel al-Junaidi, Palestine

CPT Iraqi Kurdistan Team
Julian Bil, Poland
Kamaran Osman, Iraqi Kurdistan
Mohammed Salah, Iraqi Kurdistan
Runak Radha, Iraqi Kurdistan

CPT Colombia Team
Jhon Henry Camargo, Colombia
Jhony Arango, Colombia
Marcela Cárdenas, Colombia
Natalia Vaca, Colombia
Pierre Shantz, Canada

CPT Aegean Migrant Solidarity Team
Names withheld for security reasons.

Turtle Island Solidarity Network
Amy Peters, Canada
Allegra Friesen Epp, Canada
Brenna Cussen, USA
Carol Rose, USA
Carol Spring, USA (Alumni)
Chuck Wright, Canada
David Janzen, Canada
Emily Green, Canada
Esther Kern, Canada
Esther Townshend, Canada
Jill Foster, Canada
Jonathan Brenneman, USA
Kathleen Kern, USA
Kody Hersh, USA
Murray Lumley, Canada
Natalie Maxson, Canada
Peter Haresnape, England
Robin Buyers, Canada
Tim Nafziger, USA
Weldon Nisly, USA

Jack Knox, USA
Linda Knox, USA


CPT Administrative Team
Alicia Rynkowska, England – Development Coordinator*
Caldwell Manners, India – Communications Coordinator
Adriana Cabrera Velásquez, Colombia – Colombia Program Support Coordinator*
Julie Brown, USA – Outreach Coordinator*
Hannah Redekop, Canada – CPTnet / Social Media Editor*
Kryss Chupp, USA – Personnel Coordinator
Lukasz Firla, Czech Republic – Iraqi Kurdistan Program Support Coordinator
Mark Frey, USA – Administrative Coordinator / Finance Manager
Milena Rincón, Colombia – Program Director
Mona el-Zuhairi, Palestine – Palestine Program Support Coordinator
Muriel Schmid, Switzerland – Administrative Director*
Rachelle Friesen, Canada – Canada Coordinator*
Rûnbîr Serkepkanî, Kurdistan – Aegean Migrant Solidarity Program Support Coordinator/ Delegations Administrator

CPT Circle of Care
Amy Yoder McGlouglin, USA
Christi Hoover-Seidel, USA

Peacemaker Corps – Reservists
Art Arbour, Canada
Melissa Berkey-Gerard, USA
Christopher Borth, USA
Jonathan Brenneman, USA
Mike Brown, USA
Robin Buyers, Canada
Salvador Castro, Colombia
Dan Dale, USA
Marian DeCouto, Canada
Merwyn DeMello, Afghanistan
Owen Dempsey, Scotland
Rebecca Dowling, Australia
David Etherington, USA
Jill Foster, Canada
Allegra Friesen Epp, Canada
John (Johann) Funk, Canada
Wanda Georgis, Canada
Peggy Gish, USA
Sergio Gomes, USA
Gladys Gómez, Colombia
Emily Green, Canada
Carolina Gouveia Santana, Brazil
Pilar Guerrero, Colombia
Julián Gutiérrez, Canada
Peter Haresnape, Canada
Christopher Hatton, Germany
John Heid, USA
Steve Heinrichs, Canada
Kody Hersh, USA
Bob Holmes, Canada
Marius van Hoogstraten, Germany
Evarossa Horz, Germany
Daniel Huizenga, Canada
Sherin Idais, Palestine
Mo’tasem Isied, Italy
David Janzen, Canada
Ken Jones, USA
Jennifer Keeney Scarr, USA
Esther Kern, Canada
Kathleen Kern, USA
Rebaz Khorsheed, Iraq
Cliff Kindy, USA
Annelies Klinefelter, Netherlands
Chris Knestrick, USA
Jack Knox, USA
Linda Knox, USA
Marianne Kronberg, Sweden
Lemuel LaRotta, Colombia
Caitlin Light, USA
JoAnne Lingle, USA
Cory Lockhart, USA
Jim Loney, Canada
Alix Lozano, Colombia
Murray Lumley, Canada
John Lynes, England
Abdallah Maraka, Palestine
Natalie Maxson, Canada
Dave Martin, USA
Natalie Maxson, Canada
Louise McGechaen, Scotland
Cathy McLean, Canada
Rosemarie Milazzo, USA
David Milne, Canada
Peter Morgan, Australia
Jessica Morrison, Australia
Sylvia Morrison, Ghana
Michele Naar-Obed, USA
Tim Nafziger, USA
Paul Neufeld Weaver, USA
Weldon Nisly, USA
Kate Paarlberg-Kvam, USA
Lucila Pabón Díaz, Colombia
Juan Sebastián Pacheco Lozano, Colombia
Juvenal Pacheco, Colombia
Alejandro Pallares, Colombia
William Payne, Canada
Amy Peters, Canada
Jasmine Pilbrow, Australia
Nell Potter, Australia
Carole Powell, Australia
Doug Pritchard, Canada
Jane Pritchard, Canada
Kasia Protz, Ireland
Juliane Pruefert, Germany
Sara Reschly, USA
Maurice Restivo, USA
Jenny Rodríguez, Colombia
Carol Rose, USA
Randy Sánchez, Colombia
Daan Savert, Netherlands
Irene van Setten, Netherlands
Hilary Simpson, Canada
Allan Slater, Canada
Sarah Sommers, USA
Harmeet Sooden, New Zealand
Annika Spalde, Sweden
John Spragge, Canada
Carol Spring, USA
Charles Spring, USA
Colin Stuart, Canada
Sumaz Tahir, Iraqi Kurdistan
James Thomas, USA
Leia Tijou, USA
Esther Townshend, Canada
Stewart Vriesinga, Canada
Rosie (Rosemary) Williamson, Canada
Terra Winston, USA
Chuck Wright, Canada
Jen (Jay) Yoder, USA
Chihchun Yuan, Taiwan

CPT Remembers
CPTer Kathy Moorhead Thiessen – served with Iraqi Kurdistan and Indigenous People’s Solidarity teams; died of cancer on September 21, 2021 at age 61.

* Members of Turtle Island Solidarity Network.
TISN is  largely comprised of CPT Reservists.

Community Peacemaker Teams Annual Report 2022

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