Colombia

Prayers for Peacemakers 1 January 2020

We pray that the victims of systematic violence, as well as their families and communities, may find the truth, peace, restitution and justice they deserve after spending more than 60 years in conflict. We pray for the members of the Congress who have an important task to protect and guarantee the victim's rights and allow the transitional justice to interact with ongoing laws in order to fulfill guarantees for reparation and non-repetition.

Prayers for Peacemakers 27 November 2019 Colombia

We ask for prayers for 17-year-old Dilan Cruz, his family and those who love him as they mourn his loss. Dilan was killed by the ESMAD (Colombian riot police) as he participated in a nonviolent protest. We also ask for prayers for the people who are raising their voices in nonviolent ways demanding to be heard and prayers that those in political power will hear the voices of the people

MICOAHUMADO — a micro portrait of Colombia

It’s a cloudy day at the end of May. My spine crashes against the wooden rods that frame the back of a pick-up truck that takes us up the bumpy road into the mountains of Micoahumado. I have yet to learn that the more relaxed you are, the fewer bruises you get. On my left, one of the campesines* who is chatting away with my teammate, is getting uncomfortably close. I scoot a bit to the right but can’t go too far because a young man is sitting there. After 10 minutes or so I decide to say something and ask the man to move a bit to the left, which he does, although not without complaining.

COLOMBIA: A call to hope and to continue the road to peace

As churches, national and international civil society organizations, collectives, initiatives and citizens in general, we are concerned about the continuous obstacles put forth to prevent the implementation of the Final Peace Agreement. Our prayer and commitment is and will continue to be with the churches, the victims of the armed conflict, the population that reincorporated into civilian life, women, children, young conscientious objectors and all those who dream and long for a reconciled and peaceful Colombia. With hope we proclaim that neither death, nor threats, nor wars can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:37).
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