FELLOWSHIP OF RECONCILIATION (FOR) PEACE PRESENCE AND IFOR AUSTRIA PRESENT
PEACEBUILDING IN THE TIME OF AGREEMENTS
INTERNATIONAL DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA, SEPTEMBER 11 – 21, 2017
In December 2016 the Colombian Government and the FARC guerillas signed an historic agreement to end the armed conflict. Since then, negotiations with the country’s other guerrillas, ELN, have begun in Quito. But threats against human rights’ defenders and local peacebuilders – those who really know what peace could look like in their regions – persist. Join us as we visit communities and leaders across the country, and see what grassroots peacebuilding looks like even as the official agreements are implemented.
WHAT TO EXPECT: three days in Bogotá, visiting FOR partners, politicians and embassies: a trip to the Nilo farming community next to the country’s largest military base; access to the Humanitarian Space of Puente Nayero in Buenaventura and meeting representatives of social movements in Popayan, Cauca.
Cost: 1.200 euros or $1.300 USD: Delegation fee includes: meals, lodging, delegation interpreters and facilitators, transportation within Colombia, delegation set-up, and reading materials. Airfare to and fro Colombia is not included.
AUSTRIA: TELEPHONE 01/4085332
BOGOTA: TELEPHONE 57/3185353778
You can hear the voices of two of our newest accompaniers, Ilaria and Pendle, as they talk about what draws them to accompaniment work, and their expectations for the work. In this pilot mini podcast series, Pendle and Ilaria reflect on their first few weeks on the job, as they prepare a farewell dinner for Pendle on her last night in Bogotá before leaving to join the accompaniment team in San José de Apartadó.
Call for Applications
Fellowship of Reconciliation Peace Presence (FORPP) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to providing safety, political visibility and solidarity to communities and individuals at risk in Colombia who are working to promote human rights, peace and justice. In addition to providing ongoing physical accompaniment to our partners, we also provide political accompaniment through meetings with Colombian civil and military officials as well as embassies, UN and other international officials. We provide visibility for these struggles through delegations, speaking tours, publications and an online presence, building bridges between communities in the global North and South on issues important to both. We are now opening a call for applications for a new round of international accompaniers.