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COLOMBIA: On the move—CAHUCOPANA provides haven and hope for displaced leaders and families

Photo: Marian DeCouto/CPT

“We believe that the people who find refuge there have the right to return to their territory, to their home, to their culture”

In one corner of Colombia there are communities that believe in life, and that resist violence in an organized way. We call on the solidarity of other people to get to know our country, which is a beautiful country with people who dream.”

“No, no, don’t leave yet! I have to denounce!”

The Cahucopana leader’s fingers flew with purpose over her cellphone’s keyboard as we sat in the jeep waiting to depart from Remedios. Her team had received word of an assassination committed by three armed men in LejanĂ­as, a town in the municipality of Remedios, and were urgently attempting to publicly declare the injustice of this violence through social media before we lost all cell signal three minutes into our journey. In Colombia the public denouncing of an injustice, by formal or informal means, is the first step toward initiating a formal legal process to seek redress.

Train with CPT: Join CPT’s Peacemaker Corps

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 1 October 2018.  Please direct any questions and send complete application to personnel@cpt.org. Qualified applicants may be invited to participate in CPT’s intensive, month-long training from 10 January – 10 February 2019 in Colombia, South America where membership in the Peacemaker Corps is discerned.

Prayers for Peacemakers, 12 September 2018 Colombia

Prayers for Peacemakers, 12 September 2018  Colombia

A campesina from Las Pavas salvages wood from a home she and her family had to abandon. The isolation in the 3000 hectares of 
disputed land leaves the campesinxs vulnerable to violence from company security, and also from inclement weather.  
Photo: Caldwell Manners/CPT

Please accompany the peacemakers of Las Pavas, with your prayers.  Pray for their continuing strength, courage and resilience. Pray to strengthen their togetherness while they continue to seek peace and justice in light of the recent elections.

In early June, the Agencia Nacional de Tierras (ANT), the National Land Agency, delivered to the campesinxs of Las Pavas papers that showed the agency’s resolution declaring a majority of the land in dispute now belongs to the state, which means the families of Las Pavas will be able to continue living on it and farming it.  It also means palm oil company Aportes San Isidro would have to vacate the 300 hectares of land taken forcefully and violently by the company from the farming community in the south of Bolivar.

The agency took eleven months after the Consejo del Estado, the highest court in Colombia that decides over administrative matters, ruled in favor of the resolution of eminent domain over the appeal filed by the company. Such land, under Colombian law, should be guaranteed to campesinxs and not be used for large-scale agribusiness.

The promise of land restitution is now in limbo after the recent highly polarized presidential elections. Over the last two weeks, the community has suffered damages to their property.  Fences have been cut, crops destroyed, and even the new boundary markers—installed by the land agency to demarcate state land—have been uprooted. The campesinxs reported seeing Aportes San Isidro security personnel leaving the site around the time the damage was done.

Prayers for Peacemakers, 12 September 2018 Colombia

Prayers for Peacemakers, 12 September 2018  Colombia

A campesina from Las Pavas salvages wood from a home she and her family had to abandon. The isolation in the 3000 hectares of 
disputed land leaves the campesinxs vulnerable to violence from company security, and also from inclement weather.  
Photo: Caldwell Manners/CPT

Please accompany the peacemakers of Las Pavas, with your prayers.  Pray for their continuing strength, courage and resilience. Pray to strengthen their togetherness while they continue to seek peace and justice in light of the recent elections.

In early June, the Agencia Nacional de Tierras (ANT), the National Land Agency, delivered to the campesinxs of Las Pavas papers that showed the agency’s resolution declaring a majority of the land in dispute now belongs to the state, which means the families of Las Pavas will be able to continue living on it and farming it.  It also means palm oil company Aportes San Isidro would have to vacate the 300 hectares of land taken forcefully and violently by the company from the farming community in the south of Bolivar.

The agency took eleven months after the Consejo del Estado, the highest court in Colombia that decides over administrative matters, ruled in favor of the resolution of eminent domain over the appeal filed by the company. Such land, under Colombian law, should be guaranteed to campesinxs and not be used for large-scale agribusiness.

The promise of land restitution is now in limbo after the recent highly polarized presidential elections. Over the last two weeks, the community has suffered damages to their property.  Fences have been cut, crops destroyed, and even the new boundary markers—installed by the land agency to demarcate state land—have been uprooted. The campesinxs reported seeing Aportes San Isidro security personnel leaving the site around the time the damage was done.

Prayers for Peacemakers 6 September 2018 Palestine (Part II)

Prayers for Peacemakers 6 September 2018  Palestine (Part II)

Israeli soldiers firing tear gas near several schools the morning of September 4   CPT photo

Please hold Palestinian children who live in the H2 Old City area of al-Khalil/Hebron in your hearts as they pursue their educational hopes and dreams for the new school year that began on August. Many Palestinian children have to pass through intimidating Israeli checkpoints on the way to and from school where they often face delays and Israeli Border Police sometimes search their bags.  In their first week of school many children have also been subjected to the presence of Israeli military vehicles and soldiers who lob sound grenades and tear gas near their schools. Every school morning the CPT Palestine team monitors checkpoints near several schools in the Old City where school children face such frustrating or traumatizing obstacles to receiving an education.