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…

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…

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…