COLOMBIA: Christian Peacemaker Teams urgently seeking
participants for delegations to Colombia, 19 May- 2 June and 14-27 July 2011. Apply IMMEDIATELY to join May group.
The delegation scheduled for 19 May-2 June will focus on the
communities of Garzal and Nueva Esparanza. For decades, farmers have cultivated lands in these
communities in southern BolÃvar province. According to Colombian law, they have a right to the land
after ten years. Instead, Colombian
authorities granted title for these lands to a drug lord, now deceased, who
operated a cocaine-processing laboratory until his operation was closed down in
the 1980s. Now his heirs are
trying to sell the property to agro-businesses that want the land to mono-crop
palm oil. Despite death threats,
the community is remaining on the land.
Currently embroiled in a legal process to have their right of possession
recognized and titles granted to community members, they have asked Christian
Peacemaker Teams to accompany them in this struggle