FOR Peace Presence August Monthly Update

“No podíamos resistir más”

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El siguiente artículo fue escrito por el periodista Robin Llewellyn y publicado en International Cry Magazine (IC) el 17 de septiembre de 2015. Trata de miembros desplazados de los Wounaan, un pueblo indígena del Valle del Cauca que nuestrxs socixs de la Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz (CIJP) acompañan desde Buenaventura. Reproducido con permisión.

Entrevistas con indígenas desplazados del pueblo Wounaan

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Photo: Robin Llewellyn


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“We couldn’t resist any longer”

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The following article written by the journalist Robin Llewellyn, was originally published on International Cry Magazine (IC), on September 17, 2015.  It deals with displaced members of Wounaan, indigenous peoples from the Colombian region of Valle del Cauca that our partner Interchurch Justice and Peace Commission (CIJP) is accompanying since Buenaventura. Reprinted with permission.

Interview with displaced members of Colombia’s Wounaan peoples

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Photo: Robin Llewellyn


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FOR Peace Presence August Monthly Update

With Justice & Peace Commission in Buenaventura

With Justice & Peace Commission in Buenaventura

To get things started last month, one team headed to Buenaventura to accompany the Interchuch Justice and Peace Commission. While in Buenaventura, FORPP visited two displaced indigenous communities from the San Juan River in the Chocó. Both communities are waiting for the authorities to provide the necessary conditions for safe and dignified returns to their lands. The team learned from community members about their situation–and also played a little soccer! In Buenaventura, FORPP also spent time in the Humanitarian Space Puente Nayero and in the neighboring street Punta Icaco, where the Afro-descendant residents face not only continuing threats to their physical security from paramilitary groups and gangs but also threats to their livelihoods and homes from mega-development and tourism projects in the area. Additionally, FORPP shared its concerns regarding the security of accompanied communities of Buenaventura in a meeting with the metropolitan police.
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