COLOMBIA: Nonviolence urged after CPT partners kidnapped

CPT Colombia calls on government authorities to work nonviolently for the release of all those who were kidnapped January 18.

PEACEMAKER FAMILY POEM: The piano in Barrancabermeja

Barrancabermeja's piano has a legend
like this: once a year, two chosen hands reach out
to sing an audience silent. Its ivory keys become the words
that form a single sentence, different for each member in the crowd. 

Prayers for Peacemakers, December 26, 2012

Praise God, together with Colombian rural communities struggling to uphold sustainable and healthy living amidst onslaughts of bulldozers, palm companies, paramilitaries and mining conglomerates, for provision, protection and goodness. May the strength of life save the earth from waste and warfare.

COLOMBIA: Rural families celebrate ruling on Las Pavas

The Colombian governmentā€™s rural land authority published a "definitive decision" on 14 November to expropriate all remaining properties of the estate known as Las Pavas from oil palm grower Aportes San Isidro. Farm families repeatedly displaced from the estate thank God and supporters even as threats continue.

COLOMBIA: 116 families celebrate! Farmers pleased with government decision

The Buenos Aires Farmers Association, accompanied by Christian Peacemaker Teams since 2009, released the following statement after Colombia's rural land authority announced on 14 November that it would expropriate the entire estate of Las Pavas from oil palm grower Aportes San Isidro.


Prayers for Peacemakers, November 14, 2012

Give thanks for the freedom, after eight months of imprisonment, of Colombian mother and peacebuilder Claudia Maria Mayorga, for her and her familyā€™s witness that landed her there, and for seeing them all faithfully through a season of apostolic endurance.

COLOMBIA: Just in time

Christian Peacemaker Teams and its Colombia project give thanks to the God of life for the 1 November release, after eight months of imprisonment, of Claudia Maria Mayorga. 

COLOMBIA: Because she is a woman!

Gloria, a leader and organizer from the Popular Womenā€™s Organization (OFP), and I responded to an emergency accompaniment request. Minutes before calling CPT, Gloria had received a call from a friend at social services asking for support for a young woman who was attempting to flee from a situation of sexual slavery.

Prayers for Peacemakers, October 10, 2012

Prayers for Peacemakers, October 10, 2012

Pray for the subsistence farmers of Las Pavas, Colombia. Armed palm oil company agents have threatened and assaulted them and destroyed their ranch houses. Pray that government land authorities visiting the site Oct. 10-19 will give a just resolution to land claims.

COLOMBIA: Las Pavas farmers suffer threats, assaults after small victory

Just days after Colombiaā€™s rural land agency announced that farm families formerly displaced and evicted from the Las Pavas estate should be given titles to some of its plots, palm oil company employees threatened and assaulted some of them.