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MEDITERRANEAN: No easy answers

 

It’s 6 a.m. in Iraklio. The hotel clerk has called a cab, and we are waiting with our luggage in the lobby. We’ve been three weeks here in Crete visiting family and now are joining CPT-Europe’s Mediterranean Project on the island of Lesvos. We don’t quite know what our role will be there or what tasks we will be called on to perform as volunteers.

The clerk wants to talk about the refugees. “Of course, we must help them,” he says. “It’s not their fault; it’s not the fault of the Greek people. But it’s killing us,” he says. He means economically. “Here in Crete, on this strip alone” – he points outside toward Leoforios Kalokairiou “– two hundred businesses have failed. Store after store, closed.” He had been working at a resort in Malia, usually the busiest place in Crete during the summer season, but the number of days he could get work was getting fewer and fewer. He had to come here to Iraklio where the tourism by native Greeks is more reliable.

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About CPT

Partnering with nonviolent movements around the world, CPT seeks to embody an inclusive, ecumenical and diverse community of God's love.  We believe we can transform war and occupation, our own lives, and the wider Christian world through:

  • the nonviolent power of God's truth
  • partnership with local peacemakers
  • bold action

CPT places teams at the invitation of local peacemaking communities that are confronting situations of lethal conflict.  These teams seek to follow God's Spirit as it works through local peacemakers who risk injury and death by waging nonviolent direct action to confront systems of violence and oppression. 

CPT understands violence to be rooted in systemic structures of oppression. We are committed to undoing oppressions, starting within our own lives and in the practices of our organization.