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January 17th, 2018

Prayers for Peacemakers, 17 January 2018 Iraqi Kurdistan

Prayers for Peacemakers, 17 January 2018   Iraqi Kurdistan

Pray for members of the CPT Iraqi Kurdistan project, for the activists and communities that the team partners with, and for a miraculous transformation of the forces and powers behind the volatile and destructive political situation, both in the immediate area where the team works and in the wider region.

Please, carry in your thoughts and prayers members of the Iraqi Kurdistan team who have just regathered in Sulaimani to restart their work after a three-week-long recess. The team members needed time to rest, process the impacts of the time of high intensity work and stress and to rebuild their personal lives. Since beginning of January, the team has already engaged in some of the work and communication with partners, mostly from their homes. We are grateful that two CPTers from Northern America experienced a safe travel and successful entry to Iraqi Kurdistan. 

Please, pray for the team partners

- whom Turkish bombs and Iranian rockets continue to target, even in the cold winter weather, and who live in the proximity of the new Turkish military bases;

- the teachers, journalists, and nonviolent activists whom the security forces of the political parties beat, detained, wounded, harassed, as well as families who lost their loved ones, during the recent massive protests demanding political change.

Please, pray for a miraculous transformation of powers and decisions behind Turkish and Iranian foreign military actions. A miracle and a massive world-scale solidarity action might be the only chance to stop the Turkish invasion of Syrian Kurdistan and increased military operations in Iraqi Kurdistan.

 Please, pray for respect to mark the negotiations between the Iraqi and Kurdistan governments about the future relationship between the two, and especially the future of Iraqi Kurdistan’s autonomy. Pray that Iraq would cease its revenge campaign against the people of Kurdistan for the referendum on independence and would truly respect its own constitution. Iraqi Kurdistan must be able to maintain its autonomy and rights, especially in regards to movement of people and goods, as well as economic, diplomatic and internal, regional and international political affairs.   

With loving gratitude for your prayers, empathy and acts of solidarity,

Lukasz Firla, Project Support Coordinator for Iraqi Kurdistan team 

Partners of the Iraqi Kurdistan team: teachers asking for an end to governmental corruption and for their rightful salaries to be
 paid

January 11th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine--Year in Photos 2017

 
 

Resistance and Abuse

Pictured here: IIn a brave act of nonviolent resistance, a man sits in the intersection outside of Checkpoint 56 with a Palestinian flag. While he sits peacefully, an Israeli soldier throws a sound grenade that lands and detonates under the protestor's leg.
(12/30/2017)
 

January 10th

Prayers for Peacemakers, 10 January 2017 Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

Prayers for Peacemakers, 10 January 2017  Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

 

Pray for the family and other loved ones of Windy Sinclair, a 29-year-old Anishinaabe woman from Winnipeg who froze to death in the bitter cold around Christmas. 

Pray that the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will be accountable to the circumstances that led to this vulnerable woman slipping out of the emergency room into the -28 C snowy night before being discharged.

 Winnipeg has the highest population of urban Indigenous people in Canada, and IPS often hears stories from indigenous partners about receiving inadequate care in the hospitals of this city. Sinclair’s mother is still looking for answers to her questions as to how her daughter, suffering the effects of a drug addiction, could slip out of the emergency room and stay missing for three days without anyone informing the family or the police.

As she said to the Winnipeg Free Press, "I feel they failed her because she was a native woman. They failed me as a mother because they didn’t notify me when she left on her own. When I called, they tell me she’s treated and discharged. It takes calling back for them to tell me the truth," she said. "Why? Because it’s just another native woman. Just another native woman that passed away. Just another native woman who goes missing.”

 
 Windy Sinclair sits with her four children, photo supplied by her family to the media.

January 8th

PALESTINE: Tent of Nations--hope in the hills of Bethlehem

 

One hundred acres of bountiful vineyards, orchards, and olive groves sprawl over the beautiful rolling hills outside of Bethlehem. The Nassar family have been living and working this land just outside of Bethlehem since 1916, when Daher Nassar bought 100-acres from the Ottomans who were the ruling power at the time. They lived in several of the natural caves in the area and Daher’s grandson Daoud recounted stories of growing up in the traditional Bedouin lifestyle that cherishes the deep connection humanity has with the earth. He said that whenever the younger generation would argue for building modern houses instead of living in the caves his grandfather would simply say, “We live in the earth for we come from the earth.”

January 5th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 26 December-1 January 2017

 
 

A Child's Testimony

Pictured here: Fawzi al-Jundeidi, 16-years-old, was taken from a street near Bab iZaweyeh during an attack by the Israeli soldiers. Fawzi ran away as soldiers fired tear gas, was then ambushed by soldiers who were hiding. The soldiers him him in the chest with the butt of a gun at least five times, breaking his ribs in the upper part of his chest. Fawzi recounted later that he saw at least fifteen soldiers before they blindfolded, handcuffed him and beat him again, though photos show that at least twenty-three soldiers surrounded him and dragged him to Checkpoint 56 along with other detainees. Inside the checkpoint, soldiers beat the detainees' hands and legs and poured cold water on Fawzi, then forced him to sit in a puddle in the corner. He was taken to two different police stations, where he was further interrogated and forced to sit on the ground. Israeli authorities examined him, noticed his battered condition but refused to admit him to a hospital. He was taken to Ofer prison in Ramallah. A judge ordered medical treatment, though the soldiers guarding him did not take him for treatment for at least four days. Fawzi was released on bail late at night on 27 December 2017, taken to the hospital, and then brought back to his family in al-Khalil. Four soldiers falsely testified that Fawzi threw stones, though three of them have withdrawn their testimony. He will have another court hearing in the beginning of January. The details of this report were recounted by Fawzi to CPT on the day of his release.

(12/28/2017)

January 3rd

Prayers for Peacemakers, 3 January 2017 Lesvos

Prayers for Peacemakers, 3 January 2017   Lesvos

Pray for refugees automatically rejected during the asylum process because of where they came from, or because of their ethnicity.

Many countries that western nations categorize as "safe" are really quite volatile, especially for specific ethnicities within those countries. This includes many countries in Western Africa and the subcontinent of Asia. The refugees from those locations often receive denials based on racial profiling, because they are only "economic migrants" or their countries fall into this "safe" category.  One man who has worked quite closely with the Christian Peacemaker Team on Lesvos is currently in prison facing deportation because of his ethnicity.

 Hesam Shaeri Hesari, one of the hunger strikers on Lesvos, scheduled for imminent deportation. 
Image by Arash Hampay

December 29th, 2017

AL KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 19-25 December 2017

 

Resistance

Pictured here: Two women carry Palestinian flags in a demonstration that started from the al-Hussein Mosque and marched through al-Khalil to Checkpoint 56, which blocks access for Palestinians to Shuhada Street and the neighbourhood of Tel Rumeida. 

December 28th

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY NEWSLETTER: Fall 2017

Let's Walk The Talk of Reconciliation
 
Since last spring, IPS has taken an active role in the Walk the Talk campaign. This campaign aimed at building public pressure on the Canadian government to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples by passing Bill C-262, a private member’s bill proposed by Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash. The team has co-organized a series of public actions that have succeeded in raising the profile of the bill.

December 27th

Prayers for Peacemakers, 27 December 2017 Colombia

Prayers for Peacemakers, 27 December 2017  Colombia

 

Pray for the families of El Guayabo, Colombia driven off their land by the municipal authorities of Puerto Wilches in a process riddled with legal irregularities.  A wealthy landowner, Rodrigo Lopez Henao, has harassed the families for years and the authorities have colluded with him, despite the rights of the families to remain on the land under Colombian law.

Campesinxs from El Guayabo were evicted from their lands in a procedure full of irregularities and state violence. No humanitarian 

aid was provided and their fundamental rights have been continuously violated. The community gathered to worship and reflect

around the parable of the unjust judge and the widow (Luke 18:1-8).

December 26th

COLOMBIA: The role of gender in defending human rights

A mural in the OFP’s office. It says, “The capacity to dream has allowed us to raise our voices
to build… autonomy, leadership, peace, empowerment.”

From 7-14 October 2014, as a MCC Seed team we participated in a delegation with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Barrancabermeja, Magdalena Medio. During the week we focused on the work of CREDHOS, the Regional Corporation for the Defense of Human Rights. During the delegation we learned about the implementation of the peace accords and the work of different organizations in Magdalena Medio, we visited rural and urban communities, and we talked with CPT about political advocacy and undoing oppressions.

Although we didn’t talk about it in most of the spaces, I felt that the topic of gender was very present during the week. In many of the spaces we listened to men speak about their context and their struggle to defend human rights. In one community that we visited, only male leaders spoke although there were also women present. In another community we met a very strong woman leader, but we also heard from a male leader who was opposed to her leadership. I would come out of these masculine spaces thinking a lot about the role of gender in the work of defending human rights.