Colombia

COLOMBIA: Navigating the future around a megaproject

Residents of forty communities near a dam organize to
defend their way of life amid resource extraction interests
and armed groups. 

COLOMBIA: Garzal residents receive land titles

On 3 April, the Colombian federal land authority returned sixty-four
titles to members of the community of Garzal, bringing a partial end
to a ten-year struggle for what had already been theirs when a
paramilitary-backed strongman tried to make it his.

Prayers for Peacemakers, March 27, 2013

Jesus, let the blood of the brutalized, the sweat of the
threatened, and widows' tears lubricate love, awaken zeal, 
and resurrect humanity, that we may confront people and
systems that -- in robbing, terrorizing and uprooting Lilia
and millions of Colombians -- are persecuting you.

COLOMBIA: Lilia's Story

Lilia and CPT invite President Obama to try to reconcile his
human rights statistics with official figures as well as
uncounted displacements, threats and murders like those
that continue to hound Lilia after her forced flight.

Prayers for Peacemakers, February 20, 2013

God, guide Colombian authorities into effective deterrence of threats against civilians, and
vigorous promotion of human rights, participatory democracy and social justice.  Protect and
embolden threatened women's rights defenders Yolanda Becerra and Gloria Amparo Suarez
and their families, until their work is accomplished.

COLOMBIA URGENT ACTION: Serious threats to women leaders and their families

After threats against leaders of the Women's Popular Organization
(OrganizaciĆ³n Femenina Popular, OFP) and their families, Christian
Peacemaker Teams requests letters to President Santos sent through
Colombian Embassies and Consulates.

Prayers for Peacemakers, January 30, 2013

Pray for six kidnap victims, their loved ones and their ELN guerrilla captors in Colombia.  Pray that the unarmed, the poor, women, farmers, people committed to social and environmental health, may shape a just and peaceful future, as the power of greed and guns wanes.

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.