Archive - Oct 2010


October 29th

COLOMBIA: Community processes inaugurate the People’s Congress of Colombia

From 8 to 12 October 2010 at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá, various social sectors of Colombia met to inaugurate the People’s Congress.  Christian Peacemaker Teams Colombia was present at the Congress, accompanying the community processes from the Middle Magdalena region.

October 28th

Prayers for Peacemakers, Oct. 27, 2010



Pray for the young women in the conflicted city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq who are reaching across ethnic lines to publish their stories together.


Doug Pritchard

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Toronto, Canada

October 27th

IRAQ UPDATE: September 2010



IDP Camp (Internally Displaced Persons)
The team visited the IDP camp regularly, but was not able to talk to any IDP representatives.  The IDP camp in Bastesan was in crisis.  The number of remaining IDP families dropped from ten families in the beginning of September to two families at the end of the month.  The families in the camp complained they could not get any help, because other IDPs were living outside the camp. 
On 17 September, Mr. Mohamed told the team, “We are not united.  People only take care of themselves now…They leave us here and only come back to get materials…We are only few families here and we are blamed by the other people not taking care of the other tents…We want people make a decision to keep this camp or close this camp.  If they decide to close the camp, we will go to the other place.  If they want to keep the camp, they need to come back here…Sometimes when the NGOS came, they saw we were only six families, four families.  Maybe that is the reason we cannot get help….  The families here have different needs than the other families that still have a little bit money to rent the house in the town.  The families staying the camp really need help.”

October 25th

IRAQ REFLECTION: Please tell my mother

[Note: Abdullah is a young person who submitted the following article to Pana for Peace, a newspaper put out by CPT Iraq and the Pana Center to give the youth of Kirkuk, Iraq a voice.]

 I am studying in elementary school, class six, and will be passing through to class one secondary.  However, my mother still tries to feed me, leaving no way for me to choose what I like to eat.  She feeds me big pieces of food.  I have not yet swallowed one when she gets another ready for me to eat.
  This makes me laugh, but I am embarrassed to do so.  I know she would say immediately, "When you eat, do not chat or laugh.  It is a sin."

October 23rd

AT-TUWANI: Israeli settlers attack Palestinian boy and internationals in the South Hebron Hills.

 On Thursday, 21 October 2010, around 9:20 a.m., two Operation Dove volunteers, who were coming back to the village of At-Tuwani after having visited some Palestinian families in the village of Tuba, were attacked by Israeli settlers from the outpost of Havat Ma'on (Hill 833).

While walking, the internationals received a phone call from a Palestinian shepherd who was with his flock on a hill and warned them about some settlers who were quickly approaching them.  A few minutes after the phone call, two settlers with their faces covered by t-shirts appeared on the top of Meshaha hill where the internationals were walking.  The settlers started to lob stones with slingshots at the internationals who ran away and escaped injury.

Later on, around 1:00 p.m. in the same area, a similar incident happened to a Palestinian boy who was walking back home via the path on Meshaha hill. 

October 21st

SWEDEN: CPTer Martin Smedjeback wins FOR nonviolence award

On 2 October 2010, Gandhi’s birthday, CPTer Martin Smedjeback received the non-violence award of the Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation (SweFOR). He has worked as secretary of non-violence for SweFOR and is now non-violence facilitator and a peace activist.

October 20th

Prayers for Peacemakers, Oct. 20, 2010



Give thanks that The Body Shop has affirmed the concerns of the residents of Las Pavas, Colombia, displaced by the palm oil producer Daabon, and so ended its trading relationship with Daabon. Pray for justice for Las Pavas.


Doug Pritchard

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Toronto, Canada

October 14th

AL KHALIL (HEBRON): Two Palestinians killed, four families made homeless.

Early on Friday morning, 8 October, CPTers went to the Jabal Johar district of Hebron in response to news that the Israeli military had killed two Palestinians.

When the CPTers arrived, the military had cordoned off the area, but a Palestinian family invited CPTers to observe from the rooftop of a nearby Palestinian apartment block.  From there they could see heavy machinery at work just behind a mosque, and learned from local people that the military had demolished a three-storey building in reprisal for the killings of four Israeli settlers near Kiryat Arba four weeks ago.  The two dead men, thought to be members of the military wing of Hamas, were accused of killing the settlers. 

October 13th

Prayers for Peacemakers, Oct. 13, 2010



Pray for an end to the illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. Successive U.S. presidents and international leaders have called them “an obstacle to peace” and they are a key element in the latest peace talks.


Doug Pritchard

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Toronto, Canada

October 11th

CPT INTERNATIONAL: Two donors to match all donations under $5000 sent before 31 October 2010

In response to our request for financial help last month, two CPT donors stepped forward, offering to match all donations made between now and 31 October up to $5,000. If you can donate $10, that means $20 for peacemaking work in Colombia, Iraq, Canada, and Palestine.  If you can donate $1000, that means $2000!  Help us take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!