April 21st, 2016

Prayers for Peacemakers April 21, 2016 Iraqi Kurdistan

Prayers for Peacemakers April 21, 2016    Iraqi Kurdistan

Pray for the villagers in the Dohuk governorate of Iraqi Kurdistan made homeless by Turkish cross border bombing raids in the past few weeks.  Pray for Christian Peacemaker Teams – Iraqi Kurdistan’s efforts to reach out to these villagers as they return to the area and reconnect with old friends.

*Epixel for Peacemakers April 24, 2016  Fourth Sunday of Easter
Kurdish villagers  in Zharawa camp displaced by Turkish bombing in 2012
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "See, the home of God is among
 mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and
God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death
will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things
 have passed away." Revelation 213-4
*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing  with a text  from the upcoming
Revised Common Lectionary readings.

April 19th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 7-14 April 2016


Pictured here: We were stopped by these girls on their way home from school. We hope for a better and brighter future for all Palestinians, particularly the up and coming generations.

April 18th

MEDITERRANEAN POEM: Love letter to Mitylene

This is my love letter to Mitylene

Mytilene! The thorny embrace, the mermaid with the orange necklace
The raki drunk nights, the hand that caresses me, the hand I love
Mytilene the joyful cigarette smoked by me after a late embrace
Mytilene the joyful cigarettes that the abandoned children of our earth smoke
after kissing your orange necklace
Mytilene! I love the hands that caress Sappho
beside men who shave their shoulders with the sea salt in their underwear
Mytilene! I love also the Sohrab Sepehri lips who whisper into my ears in the rain
”We have to close our umbrellas, 
We must walk in the rain
We must sleep with women in the rain
We must re-imagine everything in the rain”
While a little angel was sleeping in the rain
with her eyelids heavier than the victorious body of Tyndareus over the defeated body of Helena
with a loneliness deeper than bottom of the well in which Joseph was thrown and abandoned by his brothers
with a silence more scary than the silence of the grave in which Mohammad Abu Khalid from Quneitra is composting
Into redness of your flowers, into the feathers of your birds until there is no you and him but only him or only you
Until the sea that swallowed him when he approached his lips to your orange necklace, 
Shall embrace both of you and retake you to its deep blueness

Even behind your blue wall flowers grow, 
When the Mart Force tried to show that fear is bigger than love
I saw a couple from Syria who were spooning each other in a parking place without any fear
I saw a way blocked by Ahmad Halabi and his friends and they demanded from you to see them as humans
I heard Ahmad Halabi saying that the only thing which could make him happy was a joint, a shower and a ferry ticket which could take him to a stable roof over his bombed heart
I saw Abd trying to leave you to embrace his beloved girl and you prevented him
I saw Hisham who lost his son in the sea, not giving up the hope that he was alive while he already was eaten up by your human eating fishes.

April 14th

AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine March 2016 Newsletter


Kindergarten students CPTers walk to school


The Walk to School in Hebron


Imagine your children or grandchildren going off to kindergarten. Young, innocent, curious, proud to be "adults" going to school now. Not quite the same for kindergarten kids off to school in Hebron, Occupied West Bank, Palestine. 

In one neighborhood the kindergarten kids round the corner from the courtyard where their families live. Then, to go to school, they have to climb a rather steep hill. This hill has some features that you would consider "out of the ordinary". 

There is a nice, hard-surface path that leads up the hill. On the right of this path is a low wall constructed of concrete barriers -- somewhat like you might find separating the traffic lanes on an Interstate highway or autoroute -- topped with a wire fence. The path becomes a kind of corridor, but it's not the path for these kindergarten kids. They are Palestinian in occupied Palestine. Their path lies to the left of the barrier. It's an eroded dirt path covered with rocks and debris -- not so easy for little feet and short legs to navigate.

Read the full article here

April 13th

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 13, 2016 Palestine

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 13, 2016     Palestine

Pray for U.S policymakers who are questioning their country’s unwavering support for Israel.  These include Representative Hank Johnson, Senator Patrick Leahy and eight other members of congress who held up the Israeli military’s murder of Hadil Hashlamoun in Hebron last fall as an example of why the U.S. needs to re-evaluate military aid to Israel.  They also include Senator Bernie Sanders, who has called for Israel to stop building settlements and referred to the indiscriminate killings of civilians in Gaza in 2014.  Even though he misstated numbers of Palestinians killed in an interview and his comments brought a barrage of criticism from other candidates running for president, he has not backed down from his statements.  Pray that these congressional members will continue to show the courage of their convictions, and that the voters in their districts will have the wisdom to resist the pro-Israeli Occupation lobby during the elections.


*Epixel for Peacemakers April 16, 2016  Fourth Sunday of Easter
Senator Patrick Leahy                                                                Representative Hank Johnson
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your
 staff-- they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint
 my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:4-5
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Lectionary readings.

April 11th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: March 2016 Newsletter now available!

Newroz - Celebrating the new year of 2716 !

The participants on the 45th CPT training joined other friends to celebrate the 2716 New Kurdish Year (Nawroz) by visiting the Kurdish mountains. Nawroz represents freedom, renewed hope and Kurdish dreams.

April 8th

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Oil companies continue to steal and destroy land

On 29 February 2016 two CPT-Iraqi Kurdistan team members went to the community of Hajji Ahmed to meet with Kak Miro, the village leader. Villagers have been struggling to maintain their land rights and have also been trying to gain adequate compensation for lands already confiscated by Exxon Mobil. CPT has been helping to amplify the voices of villagers since August 2013.

Exxon Mobil has finished one oil well and capped it for later use in a nearby field. During this process, the company, with the assistance of the Kurdistan Regional Government, appropriated land from local farmers. The construction and drilling polluted some of the land, causing plants, trees and vines to suffer or die. Kak Miro has heard that digging for a second well is to start soon.

Kak Miro asked the team to help him write a letter to the Committee of Human Rights and Natural Resources of the Kurdistan Parliament about not receiving any compensation for his lost and damaged land. He was waiting for a phone call from a committee member to set an appointment to deliver the letter.

April 7th

AL KHALIL (HEBRON): A week in photos 1-6 April 2016


 Pictured here: Israeli forces demolished six homes in the Palestinian village of Um Al-Khair. Thirty-five people, many of them children, are now without shelter.

April 6th

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 6, 2016 Europe

Prayers for Peacemakers, April 6, 2016  Europe 

Pray for the refugees and migrants in Greece facing deportation this week because of the European Union’s agreement with Turkey.  Pray for CPT-Europe’s partners on Lesvos, who are facing the shutdown of their collaborative, humane camp at Pipka by the local authorities.  The mayor of Lesvos plans to ship all the residents from Pipka to detention camps, including some of the most vulnerable refugees: those with disabilities, lone women and children, survivors of shipwrecks.  Please prayerfully sign this petition to keep Pipka open.


April 10, 2016  Third Sunday of Easter
Frontex Corporation officials guard migrants they are deporting for the European Union.
Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
He asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The reply came, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Acts 9:3-5
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April 5th

COLOMBIA: Palm oil company attacks and intimidates Las Pavas community members


Burned house and kitchen | Photo: Marian DeCouto

Palm oil company Aportes San Isidro continues to harass and threaten the community of Las Pavas in 2016.  The farming community’s association ASOCAB continues to denounce these aggressions to no avail.  Even though judicial and administrative decisions have appeared to favour the community, the reality on the ground remains the same.  For this reason ASOCAB has published a public complaint against the company regarding the most recent events in hopes that the authorities will put an end to the impunity.

ASOCAB demands that the government “investigate and sanction those responsible, both the owner as well as the security guards, who are blatantly violating our fundamental rights and liberties.”  The community also asks that the government to guarantee their safety and to follow through with the allocation and titling of the Las Pavas land that the National Institute of Rural Development (INCODER) has deemed state land.

 A summary of the most recent incidents is as follows: