March 16th, 2018

COLOMBIA: Women’s Popular Organization denounces threats by paramilitary groups

The life and safety of Iris Paola Sánchez is at risk from armed groups and the Colombian authorities are not stepping up to protect her or other members of the Women’s Popular Organization (OFP), whom CPT-Colombia accompanies.

The extensive work of defending human rights carried out by the Women’s Popular Organization (OFP) is built on their almost half a century of experience in Colombia. Their commitment and professionalism has transformed them into one of the key human rights organizations in the region.   Their work has resulted in threats and direct attacks on their physical, psychological and spiritual integrity as well as the safety of their close relatives.

March 14th

Prayers for Peacemakers, 14 March 2018 Lesvos

Prayers for Peacemakers,  14 March 2018   Lesvos



Pray for the safety of the 400 migrants who arrived on Lesvos last week, and for the authorities to extend them the kindness and care they need.  Migrants who come to the island and are put in the Moria concentration camp do not receive the medical treatment that people who have made such a difficult journey following severe experiences of violence should get.

Pray for the migrants and inhabitants of islands who fell victim to the unfair and unlawful deal between Turkey and the EU, which resulted in the heavy militarisation of the artificial borders in the Aegean Sea. Thousands of migrants and refugees are stranded in a situation of constant limbo because of the EU-Turkey deal.

Pray for the participants in the Convergence of CPT-Europe that starts today on Lesvos, so that they have clarity and wisdom to make right decisions.

March 6th

Prayers for Peacemakers 6 March 2018 Colombia

Prayers for Peacemakers 6 March 2018   Colombia

Pray for the sons and daughters of campesinxs in Colombia, who are so young and yet know the taste of injustice‑-girls and boys who should only be worried about going to school and planning their future, but instead are worried if their parents will have enough to feed them. May these children become women and men willing to fight for their rights and have the hope and wisdom to resist peacefully the powers that oppress their families.

Sandro is ten years old and lives in the farming, or campesinx, community of El Guayabo. He loves to wake up early and milk the cows with his dad. His family’s farm is where he used to spend his days playing while his mother prepared lunch, his father worked the land and his younger sister played with her dog, Esnou.

Late last year, Sandro witnessed the destruction of their farm. He watched the police from Puerto Wilches take an illegal action and demolish the farmhouse where he spent his afternoons.

When he was nine he learned about the persecution of campesinxs in Colombia. He was separated from his dad, Erik Payares, for six months.   His father had to flee El Guayabo due to a false accusation that resulted in an arrest warrant. Sandro learned that the government sides with those who have money and learned that human justice fails.

Left: Remains of Sandro’s family farm house after the eviction raid on December 13, 2017. Photo: Caldwell Manners/ECAP

Right: Sandro Jimenez explains his understanding of the earth and why he thinks his corner of the world is beautiful. Photo: Caldwell Manners/ECAP 

March 2nd

REMINDER! Train with CPT: Applications due March 15

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 15 March 2018. Please direct any questions and send complete application to

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have participated in, or plan to participate in, a short-term CPT Delegation or internship.

February 28th

Prayers for Peacemakers 28 February 2018 Palestine

Prayers for Peacemakers 28 February 2018   Palestine


Pray for the people of Hebron who are remembering the mass shooting in the Il Ibrahimi mosque by settler Baruch Goldstein this week.  Twenty-four years after he sprayed men and boys at prayer with automatic weapons fire, the people of Hebron’s Old City, who had loved ones murdered on that day and family members permanently disabled, have seen their home increasingly turned into a prison by the Israeli authorities.  These apartheid restrictions show the children of Hebron’s Old City every day that settler lives are worthy of protection and Palestinian lives are disposable.

Check out CPT-Palestine’s school semester report August 2017-January 2018, for more insight into the lives of children in Hebron’s Old City.

February 26th

LESVOS: No one is an island


On 12 February, in the city center of Mytilene, Lesvos Island, a social gathering remembered the Syrian civilians who lost their lives in a recent bombing . In the past weeks, Turkish-sanctioned airstrikes have killed and injured hundreds of civilians in Afrin, Syria.  The Kurdish civilians who live there are trying to establish social safety by forming an autonomous territory.   The CPT-Lesvos team helped distribute this message and engage nearby pedestrians in conversations about it.

In a conversation about the effects Turkish military aggression has on refugees trying to enter the European Union (EU), one medical practitioner shared their observation about a rescue mission operated by the authorities. Our contact witnessed, for example, the Turkish coast guard approaching the refugees’ dinghy boat in a very intimidating way. Because of the EU-Turkey statement, the Turkish government has received money from EU to stop the refugee boats from entering Greece.  This collaboration between the EU and Turkey is especially worrisome since Turkey is also the country launching the attacks that are causing these people to flee their homeland. There is a direct correlation between the refugee crisis in the EU and the attacks happening in Syria, Iraq, and other Middle Eastern countries.

February 22nd

BORDERLANDS: Josseline Jamileth Hernandez Quinteros: PRESENTE!



Josseline Jamileth Hernandez Quinteros 

Tuesday, 20 February marked the tenth anniversary of the death of fourteen-year-old Josseline Jamileth Hernandez Quinteros from El Salvador. Her remains were discovered in remote Cedar Canyon near Arivaca, AZ seven miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Efforts to rescue her had failed. Since mid-January humanitarian aid workers had combed the area after receiving reports from her family members that Josseline had become ill while crossing the Sonoran desert and couldn't continue. “She was just a little girl. She was on her way to see her mother,” said a Tucson human rights activist.

A full decade has passed since Josseline died. Untold thousands have crossed since then. Untold numbers are unaccounted for, consumed by policies which have forced young and old alike into unforgiving desert terrain. Consumed by bipartisan failure to create a humanitarian immigration policy. Consumed by national unawareness, sometimes apathy, sometimes xenophobia. A cloud of unknowing.

Josseline is one of many. Yet we do not know who they are. Most death certificates at the Pima County Corner's Office have no names. We call these Desconocidas or Desconocidos. The unknown ones.

The geographical terrain of this holy season, Lent, is the desert. Mystics and prophets sought this austere terrain for reflection, prayer, and sacrifice. May we find those places inside ourselves and search for deeper truths. Brighter light to guide our feet. There is no time for guilt. That won't serve the contemporary Josselines anyway. What is needed, as Father Dan Berrigan once said, are “mystics with feet.”

PRESENTE literally means one is still present among us, even though their bodies are not. Josseline lives each time we remember her death. And her life... and open our hearts and eyes to what's happening in our deserts, our communities, our nation. And resurrect.

Josseline Jamileth Hernandez Quninteros ¡PRESENTE!

February 21st

Prayers for Peacemakers 21 February 2018 Kurdistan

Prayers for Peacemakers 21 February 2018   Kurdistan

Pray for the people living in Afrin, Syria as they face NATO backed Turkish bombings.  Pray that that the Kurdish people in Afrin face the invasion of their homeland with courage.  Pray for the wounded that flood local hospitals and the workers that treat them. 


Afrin is a newly formed canton known as Rojava, which is part of Democratic Federation of Northern Syria with a majority Kurdish population. It continues to be bombed by Erdogan, President of Turkey, who launched the Olive Branch Operation on 20 January 2018. Erdogan has claimed that his mission is to secure Turkey's borders from Kurdish militias and he plans to move the Turkish military to Manbaj, Syria after conquering Afrin and the rest of the newly formed Kurdish democratic region Rojava. This operation is bombing civilians and their livelihoods, wiping out hospitals, schools and homes. Recent reports indicate the use of toxic gas in Afrin, where six people have been hospitalized. Afrin Canton's population is more than 500,000 people and it hosts around 120,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have fled the lengthy war in Syria.  Reports indicate that the Turkish invasion and bombing have resulted in the displacement of 17,000 people, numerous deaths and casualties as well as mass destruction that will require decades of rebuilding.  The people of Afrin have been seeking international solidarity to stop another war, while Syria has been struggling with a bloody and protracted war more than seven years. However, there has been too little response and all the international powers have turned a blind eye to the atrocities and the genocide that Erdogan is committing. We ask everyone to help the people of Afrin in these difficult times to stop another genocide and war in Rojava (The Kurdish Region of Syria).

Sign the CPT Iraqi-Kurdistan's petition to Stop the Attack on Afrin 




February 15th


Sandro Jiménez and CPTer Carolina Gouveia chat on the banks of the Magdalena river about the recent eviction his family experienced on December 13, 2017 in El Guayabo. Caldwell Manners/CPT

He has died,
they have told me he has died,
He has died,
I saw him, he is dead,
He has died,
And with him, we have died,
He has died,
And with him our hopes
Have died,
And with him our liberation
Has died,
And with him the light has gone out,
He has died,
And he has left us alone in the darkness,
He has died,
And with him everything is gone… including my life.

But what happened?


February 14th

Prayers for Peacemakers 14 February 2018 Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

Prayers for Peacemakers 14 February 2018  Indigenous Peoples Solidarity


Keep Errol Greene's family in your thoughts and prayers, as the inquest investigating his death in custody is taking place in Winnipeg this month.




Errol, 26, a loving father of four, was taken into custody in Winnipeg's Remand center on 29 April 2016. He was epileptic and taking medication to prevent his seizures. Errol asked the prison guards and nurses for his medications several times, but his request was neglected (according to his wife, Rochelle Pranteau).

On 1 May 2016, while on the phone talking to his wife, he had a seizure. The guards used excessive force by handcuffing him from behind, shackling his legs, and dragging him into a cell. They only returned with a nurse after fifteen minutes, by which time his soul had left his body.

His death is an example of not only the unjustified high numbers of Indigenous incarcerations, but also the inhumane way the colonial system treats indigenous people.