Colombia

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).

COLOMBIA| Update on Micoahumado

On 25 July, CPT Colombia invited you all to stand for peace and justice in Micoahumado. With joy and gratitude we announced that just about 300 people signed the petition to ask the most relevant government authorities in Colombia to pay attention to the recommendations of the Imminent Early Warning Report issued in April 2019 regarding the threats resulting of the presence of the National Army and the ELN in the region respect the rights and integrity of the detainees and see that they receive due legal process.

Humanitarian Crisis in #Micoahumado, Colombia:  Take Action Now.

Since 2002 Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has accompanied farmers and miners in the township of Micoahumado, which lies in the southern region of Bolivar Department. With the accompaniment of CPT and other organizations, the community had the courage to initiate a negotiation process with the ELN guerrilla group and with paramilitaries, demanding both groups respect the community’s humanitarian and civilian areas. 
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