Title: Colombia Program Coordinator
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Description: Staff person is responsible for coordination of the FOR’s Colombia Program which, in collaboration with other branches of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, supports non-violent efforts in Colombia, peace initiatives, respect for human rights, and justice and peace in US policy. This includes oversight and coordination of Colombia Peace Presence, an FOR protective accompaniment team that maintains a permanent presence in the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó in northern Colombia and supports the other Colombian partners. The staff person will advocate for the security of Colombian partners before the diplomatic corps based in Bogota as well as Colombian authorities.
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The turnover of a calendar year is a time for rebirth and re-evaluation, a time of resolutions and looking forward to an even better year to come. January 2013 brought something new to the peace community — low flying aerial fumigation planes. Instead of inspiring hope, the fumigations have brought nightmarish visions for the year to come. Fumigation has been a reality for Afro-Colombian, indigenous, and campesino communities in other parts of Colombia since the 1990s, when the Colombian government began trying to eradicate coca production. This method of eradication was never used around the peace community before … until now.