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October 4th, 2014
On Wednesday, 24 September, members of our team traveled for the first time to Kormor village, where Dana Gas began drilling for oil and natural gas in 2008. Our first stop was at the local school, where we met the principal, Abdul Munem Mohamed Mahmud. Twenty-one girls and boys attend there. Dana Gas built it three years ago, but Abdul showed us where vibrations from drilling tore a crack down the side of the building large enough to show daylight. The company promised to build a clinic and provide other services, but now claims that the Kurdish government is responsible for providing compensation. The area government representative denies the companyâ€™s claim.
October 3rd, 2014
CPT Colombia has a new video out showing how the community of Garzal makes a cup of hot chocolateâ€”from the time the cacao fruit is picked, to the preparation and husking of cocoa beans, to the cup of sweet deliciousness.
Cup of Chocolate // Una Taza de Chocolate from CPT/ECAP Colombia on Vimeo.
The communities of Garzal and Nueva Esperanza have engaged in what is called a â€śsocial processâ€ť to resist displacement and stand up for their rights and their dignity for more than a decade. They are among the primary communities that CPT Colombia accompanies.
October 2nd, 2014
On 8 and 12 September, the CPT Iraqi Kurdistan team visited its partners in villages affected by the ExxonMobil operations. The huge Exxon base camp near Hajji Awa, from which the company conducted the oil explorations in Gullan village and Shawre valley sits almost completely empty. The government sent many of the guards to fight the ISIS on the front line. ExxonMobil has stalled its operations in Iraqi Kurdistan because of the advance of ISIS forces and the war. The multinational corporation seems not to feel protected enough by the U.S. air strikes, even though the U.S. claims they are occurring for the â€śprotection of U.S. interests and personnel.â€ť
October 1st, 2014
Prayers for Peacemakers, October 1, 2014
Pray for the members of the CPT Aboriginal Justice Delegation, currently in Grassy Narrows and Kenora. Give them wide open eyes, minds and hearts as they witness how the criminal justice system plays out in the region, the different ways CPTâ€™s partners in Grassy Narrows are standing up for their rights and dignity and how they are asserting sovereignty over their traditional lands.
|Epixel* for Sunday, October 5, 2014|
|Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.|
There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard
|*epixel: a snapshot-epistle to the churches related to and appearing with a text from the upcoming Sunday's |
Revised Common Lectionary readings.
September 30th, 2014
On Monday, 22 September, CPT Mediterranean observed several trials against Turkish men accused of human smuggling and the case of a Syrian refugee we had visited in prison the week before.
The Turkish men all got the maximum sentence of twenty-five years, and Mohammad got ten years in prison with a possible reduction of the sentence to two years if he works in prison. The court authorized this reduction because of his refugee status. It also acknowledged he had acted in an emergency because he had been forced to drive the boat when the smugglers left it.
As we sat in the court, with a Greek partner translating for us, it became clearer that neither the public attorney nor the judge have a comprehensive understanding of why the people in the boats are migrating.â€¨ For example, they asked questions like, â€śBut why did you not stay in Syria?â€ť â€¨