May Fear Never Stop Us

Christian Peacemaker Teams’ delegations are a unique experience. Mennonite Central Committee provided us the opportunity to have this experience with the Seed team. After serving for almost 2 years with CPT, participating in the training and even co-leading a delegation, I had the chance to be a delegate for the first time. For me, what…

The Ongoing Process of Accompaniment

Three years ago, I had the privilege of participating in Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) delegation along with my Seed cohort. We spent ten days in and around Barrancabermeja. We traversed the rural, mountainous, southern part of the Bolivar department, visiting and learning about the challenges that the communities of Mico Ahumado and Mina Proyecto face;…

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…