On May 11th and 12th, FORPP participated in a humanitarian mission to the Naya River, along with our partners the Intereclesial Commission of Peace and Justice and CONPAZ, as well as the other accompaniment organizations PBI and Witness for Peace. We went to observe the current threats faced by the communities along the Naya River.
“A human rights defender is someone who consciously acts on their profound sensitivity for life, and who does it in act of love and commitment for the lives of others.”
Since 2014, FORPP has accompanied Human Rights activist Enrique Chimonja Coy, member of the Intereclesial Commission of Justice and Peace. We accompany him to the city of Buenaventura and in the rivers of San Juan, Calima, and Naya, home to indigenous and afro-descendent communities who are survivors of the armed conflict.
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Written by Pendle Marshall-Hallmark, FOR Peace Presence accompanier, 2/17/2017
The day I arrived in Colombia to begin my new position as an international human rights accompanier, the decaying, mangled bodies of Afro-Colombian community activist Emilsen Manyoma Mosquera and her partner Joe Javier Rodallega were found on the outskirts of their Buenaventura neighborhood. A few days prior, the couple had been kidnapped by a group of people allegedly pertaining to one of the strongest neo-paramilitary drug-trafficking groups in the country, called “Los Urabeños“.
Emilsen Manyoma Mosquera, prominent human rights activist in Buenaventura, was kidnapped and then killed.
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Escrito por Pendle Marshall-Hallmark, acompañante internacional de FOR Presente por la Paz, el 17 de febrero del 2017.
El día que llegué a Colombia para empezar mi nuevo trabajo como acompañante internacional, los cuerpos degollados y descompuestos de la lideresa afrocolombiana Emilsen Manyoma Mosquera y de su compañero Joe Javier Rodallega fueron encontrados en las afueras de Buenaventura. Unos días antes, la pareja había sido secuestrada por un grupo de personas supuestamente vinculado a uno de los grupos neoparamilitares narcotraficantes más importantes del país, llamado “Los Urabeños”.
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Written by Thomas Power, international accompanier of FOR Peace Presence.
I currently live in a village called “La Unión” as an international accompanier and observer in the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, located in the mountains of northwest Colombia. Normally, mornings consist of me making coffee while reading the paper and greeting campesinos (small scale farmers) on their way to work. On the morning of September 6th however, there was a tense apprehension behind the “buenos días”, as the community had received news that armed neo-paramilitaries had entered the neighboring village. The neo-paramilitaries were threatening the people living there, including Peace Community members, so the community was organizing volunteers to go verify the situation and make their presence felt.