In Colombia, since 1964 an counterinsurgency war has left over 200,000 people dead and displaced over four million others from their homes. CPT's Colombia delegations will meet with church, human rights and social justice organizers in BogotÃ¡ and in Barrancabermeja, the industrial city in the Magdalena Medio region where CPT's full-time team has been based since 2001. Delegates will spend several days visiting one or more rural communities struggling for justice, peace and sustainable life on the land.
The special focus of the delegation will be the community of Las Pavas, a community that has been in a nonviolent struggle to return to their land. They were displaced multiple times and most recently by a palm oil company. While the upper levels of government certainly have made decisions that seem to favor the community, the facts on the ground are far less encouraging. The community is still at risk, their crops and fences are being destroyed, and the leaders are still receiving threats. ASOCAB members "have hope that the journey ahead will be positive, and that we may finally obtain what they have called "The Miracle of Las Pavas." Join us to see this Miracle!
CPT is an ecumenical violence-reduction initiative with support and membership from a range of Catholic and Protestant denominations. CPT has had a continuing presence in the Magdalena Medio region of Colombia since May 2001.
FUNDRAISING EXPECTATION: $2500 US or $2600 Cdn (covers roundtrip airfare from a designated U.S. or Canadian city. If traveling from another country, contact CPT office for details).