Prayers for Peacemakers, 14 March 2018 Lesvos

Prayers for Peacemakers,  14 March 2018   Lesvos



Pray for the safety of the 400 migrants who arrived on Lesvos last week, and for the authorities to extend them the kindness and care they need.  Migrants who come to the island and are put in the Moria concentration camp do not receive the medical treatment that people who have made such a difficult journey following severe experiences of violence should get.

Pray for the migrants and inhabitants of islands who fell victim to the unfair and unlawful deal between Turkey and the EU, which resulted in the heavy militarisation of the artificial borders in the Aegean Sea. Thousands of migrants and refugees are stranded in a situation of constant limbo because of the EU-Turkey deal.

Pray for the participants in the Convergence of CPT-Europe that starts today on Lesvos, so that they have clarity and wisdom to make right decisions.

Prayers for Peacemakers 6 March 2018 Colombia

Prayers for Peacemakers 6 March 2018   Colombia

Pray for the sons and daughters of campesinxs in Colombia, who are so young and yet know the taste of injustice‑-girls and boys who should only be worried about going to school and planning their future, but instead are worried if their parents will have enough to feed them. May these children become women and men willing to fight for their rights and have the hope and wisdom to resist peacefully the powers that oppress their families.

Sandro is ten years old and lives in the farming, or campesinx, community of El Guayabo. He loves to wake up early and milk the cows with his dad. His family’s farm is where he used to spend his days playing while his mother prepared lunch, his father worked the land and his younger sister played with her dog, Esnou.

Late last year, Sandro witnessed the destruction of their farm. He watched the police from Puerto Wilches take an illegal action and demolish the farmhouse where he spent his afternoons.

When he was nine he learned about the persecution of campesinxs in Colombia. He was separated from his dad, Erik Payares, for six months.   His father had to flee El Guayabo due to a false accusation that resulted in an arrest warrant. Sandro learned that the government sides with those who have money and learned that human justice fails.

Left: Remains of Sandro’s family farm house after the eviction raid on December 13, 2017. Photo: Caldwell Manners/ECAP

Right: Sandro Jimenez explains his understanding of the earth and why he thinks his corner of the world is beautiful. Photo: Caldwell Manners/ECAP 

Prayers for Peacemakers 28 February 2018 Palestine

Prayers for Peacemakers 28 February 2018   Palestine


Pray for the people of Hebron who are remembering the mass shooting in the Il Ibrahimi mosque by settler Baruch Goldstein this week.  Twenty-four years after he sprayed men and boys at prayer with automatic weapons fire, the people of Hebron’s Old City, who had loved ones murdered on that day and family members permanently disabled, have seen their home increasingly turned into a prison by the Israeli authorities.  These apartheid restrictions show the children of Hebron’s Old City every day that settler lives are worthy of protection and Palestinian lives are disposable.

Check out CPT-Palestine’s school semester report August 2017-January 2018, for more insight into the lives of children in Hebron’s Old City.

Prayers for Peacemakers 21 February 2018 Kurdistan

Prayers for Peacemakers 21 February 2018   Kurdistan

Pray for the people living in Afrin, Syria as they face NATO backed Turkish bombings.  Pray that that the Kurdish people in Afrin face the invasion of their homeland with courage.  Pray for the wounded that flood local hospitals and the workers that treat them. 


Afrin is a newly formed canton known as Rojava, which is part of Democratic Federation of Northern Syria with a majority Kurdish population. It continues to be bombed by Erdogan, President of Turkey, who launched the Olive Branch Operation on 20 January 2018. Erdogan has claimed that his mission is to secure Turkey's borders from Kurdish militias and he plans to move the Turkish military to Manbaj, Syria after conquering Afrin and the rest of the newly formed Kurdish democratic region Rojava. This operation is bombing civilians and their livelihoods, wiping out hospitals, schools and homes. Recent reports indicate the use of toxic gas in Afrin, where six people have been hospitalized. Afrin Canton's population is more than 500,000 people and it hosts around 120,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have fled the lengthy war in Syria.  Reports indicate that the Turkish invasion and bombing have resulted in the displacement of 17,000 people, numerous deaths and casualties as well as mass destruction that will require decades of rebuilding.  The people of Afrin have been seeking international solidarity to stop another war, while Syria has been struggling with a bloody and protracted war more than seven years. However, there has been too little response and all the international powers have turned a blind eye to the atrocities and the genocide that Erdogan is committing. We ask everyone to help the people of Afrin in these difficult times to stop another genocide and war in Rojava (The Kurdish Region of Syria).

Sign the CPT Iraqi-Kurdistan's petition to Stop the Attack on Afrin 





Sandro Jiménez and CPTer Carolina Gouveia chat on the banks of the Magdalena river about the recent eviction his family experienced on December 13, 2017 in El Guayabo. Caldwell Manners/CPT

He has died,
they have told me he has died,
He has died,
I saw him, he is dead,
He has died,
And with him, we have died,
He has died,
And with him our hopes
Have died,
And with him our liberation
Has died,
And with him the light has gone out,
He has died,
And he has left us alone in the darkness,
He has died,
And with him everything is gone… including my life.

But what happened?


Prayers for Peacemakers, 7 February 2018 Lesvos

Prayers for Peacemakers, 7 February 2018 Lesvos

Pray for the liberation of refugees from the brutal violence that the EU and Turkey subject them to. Pray for the transformation of the oppressive and violent situation on the Greek Islands to a peaceful and just togetherness.

Prayers for Peacemakers, 31 January 2018 Colombia

Prayers for Peacemakers, 31 January 2018    Colombia

Pray for the sustained courage and creativity of Colombian communities who assume risk and judicial persecution for taking bold and direct actions that speak truth to power.

Land inequality is at the center of the Colombian conflict. According to Oxfam’s latest report, 99% of the population uses 20% of land, while the elite 1% controls 80%. These historical patterns of forced displacement and land control via the use of illegal armed groups or corrupt government mechanisms have solidified the lack of access to land for the poorest, most disenfranchised Colombians.

 Running parallel to these statistics of structural violence are stories of bold nonviolent direct actions. The farming communities Las Pavas and El Guayabo, both accompanied by CPT Colombia have taken direct actions to highlight the government’s abandonment of their legal processes and to demand immediate action. Farmers in Las Pavas have begun to open up pathways to their farms from which they were displaced in 2012. In years past, they kept these paths hidden in an effort evade hostile attacks by armed security of palm oil company, Aportes San Isidro. On 12 January, the farmers of El Guayabo took a political action by taking back control of the 85 hectares of land from which they were evicted on December 13, 2017. Their act was not an act of vengeance against the land claimant, but a statement to call attention to the state. The farmers ask, “With advances in agrarian reform made during the peace agreement between the FARC and the government, how is it possible for the government to evict nine families for the benefit of one person?” 

A home and a plantain plantation destroyed during the 13 December 2017 eviction in El Guayabo. Photo: Caldwell Manners


Read: Communities in Colombia Face Ongoing Security Incidents

Prayers for Peacemakers, 17 January 2018 Iraqi Kurdistan

Prayers for Peacemakers, 17 January 2018   Iraqi Kurdistan

Pray for members of the CPT Iraqi Kurdistan project, for the activists and communities that the team partners with, and for a miraculous transformation of the forces and powers behind the volatile and destructive political situation, both in the immediate area where the team works and in the wider region.

Please, carry in your thoughts and prayers members of the Iraqi Kurdistan team who have just regathered in Sulaimani to restart their work after a three-week-long recess. The team members needed time to rest, process the impacts of the time of high intensity work and stress and to rebuild their personal lives. Since beginning of January, the team has already engaged in some of the work and communication with partners, mostly from their homes. We are grateful that two CPTers from Northern America experienced a safe travel and successful entry to Iraqi Kurdistan. 

Please, pray for the team partners

- whom Turkish bombs and Iranian rockets continue to target, even in the cold winter weather, and who live in the proximity of the new Turkish military bases;

- the teachers, journalists, and nonviolent activists whom the security forces of the political parties beat, detained, wounded, harassed, as well as families who lost their loved ones, during the recent massive protests demanding political change.

Please, pray for a miraculous transformation of powers and decisions behind Turkish and Iranian foreign military actions. A miracle and a massive world-scale solidarity action might be the only chance to stop the Turkish invasion of Syrian Kurdistan and increased military operations in Iraqi Kurdistan.

 Please, pray for respect to mark the negotiations between the Iraqi and Kurdistan governments about the future relationship between the two, and especially the future of Iraqi Kurdistan’s autonomy. Pray that Iraq would cease its revenge campaign against the people of Kurdistan for the referendum on independence and would truly respect its own constitution. Iraqi Kurdistan must be able to maintain its autonomy and rights, especially in regards to movement of people and goods, as well as economic, diplomatic and internal, regional and international political affairs.   

With loving gratitude for your prayers, empathy and acts of solidarity,

Lukasz Firla, Project Support Coordinator for Iraqi Kurdistan team 

Partners of the Iraqi Kurdistan team: teachers asking for an end to governmental corruption and for their rightful salaries to be

Prayers for Peacemakers, 10 January 2017 Indigenous Peoples Solidarity

Prayers for Peacemakers, 10 January 2017  Indigenous Peoples Solidarity


Pray for the family and other loved ones of Windy Sinclair, a 29-year-old Anishinaabe woman from Winnipeg who froze to death in the bitter cold around Christmas. 

Pray that the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will be accountable to the circumstances that led to this vulnerable woman slipping out of the emergency room into the -28 C snowy night before being discharged.

 Winnipeg has the highest population of urban Indigenous people in Canada, and IPS often hears stories from indigenous partners about receiving inadequate care in the hospitals of this city. Sinclair’s mother is still looking for answers to her questions as to how her daughter, suffering the effects of a drug addiction, could slip out of the emergency room and stay missing for three days without anyone informing the family or the police.

As she said to the Winnipeg Free Press, "I feel they failed her because she was a native woman. They failed me as a mother because they didn’t notify me when she left on her own. When I called, they tell me she’s treated and discharged. It takes calling back for them to tell me the truth," she said. "Why? Because it’s just another native woman. Just another native woman that passed away. Just another native woman who goes missing.”

 Windy Sinclair sits with her four children, photo supplied by her family to the media.

Prayers for Peacemakers, 20 December 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 20 December 2017

Pray for the Palestinian people who have faced Israeli military suppression and violence during nonviolent protests of the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Israeli occupation forces have drastically increased their campaign of collective punishment through mass arrests. They have detained more than 350 Palestinians since U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration regarding Jerusalem on Wednesday, 6 December 2017.  Many of those taken have been violently beaten during their arrests; many are now imprisoned for practicing their rights and speaking out about their suffering. Israeli forces have murdered eleven Palestinians in the last two weeks and injured at least 3,000. These numbers impact not only those who have been arrested, injured, or killed, but also their families and communities. 

We ask you to send your prayers, love, and strength to those who continue to resist Israel’s occupation. Pray that Palestine will one day be free from military occupation and violence underwritten by U.S. tax dollars.  We ask also that you act for a lasting peace by speaking out about the injustice in Palestine to your community, calling your elected officials, and boycotting companies that benefit from the occupation.