IFOR Delegation Arrives

Updates from the Pacific School of Religion Delegation

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A few days ago we had a post (http://peacepresence.org/2014/03/24/pacific-school-of-religion-colombia-delegation/) with some updates on the Pacific School of Religion delegation. Here are some more from the last few days:

Day 4 (Barranquilla):

Never did I imagine that God would show me an answer to my prayer, while it is still going through the process of being worked out, before it is given to me/us. Today, I met a humble man of God who is writing his doctoral dissertation on the exact questions and belief I have known in my heart, for years, before ever stepping foot in California. Holding back tears, I thanked him for forming a social justice coalition and strong relationship with certain Latin American indigenous tribes for a great mission.
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Pacific School of Religion Colombia Delegation

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At the moment, we’re hosting delegates from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, showing them a little bit of Colombia, introducing them o our partners, and hoping to build connections. Lots of people wanted to come but weren’t able, so we’re able to offer the next best thing – a blog cross posted from PSR’s website (http://psr.edu/blogs/colombia2014/), detailing their experiences and impressions of Colombia. Here is their first 3 posts:
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Displacement in El Tamarindo

 

Community leader Marisol in Tamarina

El Tamarindo is a community located on the outskirts of Barranquilla, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The members of this community grow platano, keep animals, and try to get by in their village that they arrived at 12 years ago after being displaced by violence in Urabá. Today, 21st March, the people of El Tamarindo are being displaced. Today, 50% of their land is being cleared to make way for Barranquilla’s “Zona Franca”, a zone with a relaxed regulation and tax regime. Yesterday a group from International FOR lead by FOR Peace Presence went to talk to members of El Tamarindo, and tomorrow there will be people looking for new places to live. There will be protests this week in Barranquilla, and FOR Peace Presence will be leading a delegation from the Pacific School of Religion to go see how Tamarindo are doing, and what we can do to help. Please send an email to your congress-person (there is a congressional visit to Colombia this week too), your local representative or embassy in Colombia to express your concern and to maintain pressure and attention on this emblematic case.

 

IFOR Delegation Arrives

Hard at work.

IFOR Delegation and Joahana Rocha of Tierra Digna