Libertad is a township in San Onofre, Sucre, Colombia. It is a community descending from African roots. During the era of violence, between 1999 and 2002, the community was affected by the presence of illegal armed groups. With this presence, the violence increased, for example interfamily violence, abuse of women, assassinations, mistreatment of the community, and the loss of the freedom of expression and trust. Despite the violence, they have been pushing forward the processes that work to reconstruct the social fabric that the community has lost.
Despite a history of violence, the Liberteños have a lot of hope for peace now and in the future.
Listen to some of the voices from Libertad speaking about peace in their community
“Peace begins with a smile.” –Mother Teresa
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” –Albert Einstein
“If we are to have real peace in this world, we will have to begin with the children.” –Mahatma Gandhi
“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.” –Dalai Lama XIV
“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is power to do it.” –Marianne Williamson
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” –John Lennon
Thank you for listening to the stories and hopes of Libertad.
Music thanks to djmellowj and JohnLooke