The Story of a Love Story

The current life expectancy of a Brazilian woman is 82 years. So far I have lived 32. Of these 32 years, 2 of them I lived in Colombia. According to statistics, I spent 2.4% of my life in this country. Comparing what I have lived with what I will (possibly)  live, 2 years do not…

The Next Part of The Journey

Two years ago, the participants of Seed 4 were arriving to Colombia and were in the early stages of getting to know each other. They were learning about the work of MCC, both globally, and here in Colombia. Some were struggling with learning Spanish, others were finding navigating a big city challenging. For some, it…

From Pawns of War to Pillars of Peace: Youth in Colombia

Historically and internationally, youth have generally been the population used to fight wars. In Colombia, all armed groups have pulled from this demographic to do their dirty work- guerrilla groups, paramilitary groups, and the state military.  The youth are the ones that were incentivized to join groups with promise of power and success, only to…

Reconciliation and Peace in a Complex Context

After many conversations in order to understand better the context of Magdalena Medio through visits to rural and urban communities, CREDHOS and CPT organized a space with governmental organizations and the local police. In this space the organizations shared with us about their efforts and the programs they are developing in the territory. During the…

Defending the Human Rights In the Midst of Conflict

During our delegation with Christian Peace-maker Teams (CPT) in Barrancabermeja, we were privileged to learn about the work that the Regional Corporation for the Defense of Human Rights or CREDHOS is doing in the region of the Magdalena Medio here in Colombia. Barrancabermeja is a city that is mainly controlled by paramilitary groups since the…

Between the Countryside and the City

When I refer to the countryside, I am talking about rural populations, small-scale farmers who live off of agriculture, raising livestock, fishing, etc. But not on an industrial level, but rather on a self-sustaining level, which leads in some cases to small-scale economic production. As part of the delegation with ECAP in Barrancabermeja I was…