Happy Holidays

Lusdary’s Story

Colombia has one of the highest numbers of internally displaced people in the world, second only in rank to Syria. The long history of conflict over access to land in Colombia is illustrated well by the story of a woman we’ve met through our accompaniment work, named Lusdary. Lusdary and her family are originally from Pelaia, Cesar, but were displaced from their farm there in 1996 when Lusdary was just 17 years old, due to violence from armed groups in the area. Forced to find a new place to restart their lives, they eventually moved to a patch of untitled and abandoned land about three kilometers outside of Barranquilla, to a community called Tamarindo. There, along with approximately 130 other families, Lusdary and her family began to grow enough food to sustain themselves. There newfound sense of calm was short lived, however, when in 2007 the Barranquilla Zona Franca (the …
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Happy Holidays

Over the last year, Colombia has changed in significant ways. After sealing a peace deal with the FARC in November 2016, the implementation of the agreements has begun. For the first time, this year the country can celebrate Christmas without their presence as a guerrilla army. Colombia is most surely at a turning point. During this month of December, we wish to reflect on the opportunities and challenges for peacebuilding and reconciliation reflected in our own reality – our day-to-day work with communities and human rights defenders on the ground. As we approach the end of our 15th year in Colombia, we are proud to continue our accompaniments in San José de Apartadó and across the country. We see the best of Colombia and Colombians in the most challenging of circumstances. Please make your tax-deductable donation today and help us secure our work into 2018.           …
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