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…

The Call of All, The Work of Few

In our system, it is not very common to talk about undoing oppressions. What’s more, our system pushes us to be oppressors. But, there are organizations that focus on working in favor of the oppressed and on being allies in order to undo oppression, as is the case of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). CPT COLOMBIA…

The Role of Gender in Defending Human Rights: Getting to Know the Work of the Popular Women’s Organization in Barrancabermeja

From October 7th to the 14th, as a Seed team we participated in a delegation with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Barrancabermeja, Magdalena Medio. During the week we focused on the work of CREDHOS, the Regional Corporation for the Defense of Human Rights. During the delegation we learned about the implementation of the peace accords…

A Trip With A Purpose

On October 7th, the Seeders left their communities to participate in a 10-day learning delegation to learn about the work of Christian Peacemakers Team (CPT) in Barrancabermeja, where one of our Seeders is accompanying. We went with the purpose of learning about CPT, an organization that builds partnerships to transform violence and oppression, and one…

Bit by Bit

  Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the second signing of the peace accords between the FARC and Colombian government. Every day brings depressing news of senators dragging their feet to turn the peace accords into law and armed groups fighting over territory abandoned by ex-FARC combatants. And with the upcoming presidential election that…

Building Peace from the Community

When we begin to talk about and see the important issues that are a part of people daily lives, from other perspectives, we realize the great value of how each individual reacts and thinks differently about the construction of Peace and contains so many expectations, realities and sufferings Here different points of view of Young…