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…

The Power of Integration

The people in Pichilin have told me several stories about how Pichilin used to be, before the violence. They paint Pichilin to be a beautiful, tranquil village, with lots of vegetation and big trees. They describe the village as being very large, with a booming agriculture scene. It seems to me that Pichilin was quite…

Suacha A Step For Peace

In Colombia, we are in the implementation of a peace agreement between the Government and the FARC. But what they are doing is not enough. Peace Builders are needed in the regions, and as the proverb says: “Peace begins at home”. In Suacha there are people and organizations that are working for the Builders of…

Celebrating Resistance

September 17 was a long day. We woke up early and traveled to Remedios, Antioquia where we met a caravan of about 30 people who were also preparing for the long journey of another 6 hours until the village of Lejanías. Joy and energy were palpable during this long ride. People were loud, singing and…

Ciederpaz: Churches and Ethno-Territorial Organizations Build Peace, Development, and Reconciliation in Southern Chocó

My partner here in Chocó, the Mennonite Brethren Church, is part of the Interethnic and Ecumenical Corporation for Development, Reconciliation and Peace (Ciederpaz). Ciederpaz is an initiative of churches, ethno-territorial organizations and other local and national entities “with the objective of creating a space for articulation in order to unite efforts relating to ethno-development, reconciliation…