Robert Knight interviewed Fellowship of Reconciliation staff member Susana Pimiento and a young Colombian conscientious objector today on his WBAI (Pacifica Radio network) “5 O’Clock Shadow” show. His program is a highly regarded progressive-issues show broadcast during the “drive time” interval.
Susana, who works with FOR’s Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean, clearly defined the U.S. government’s role in financing the Colombian military and their “auxiliary” forces. We are told that this is humanitarian aid. The expanding use of surveillance drones is a continued threat to the Colombian people’s freedom from the military. Sebastian Patino is a member of the brave group of young people that have refused mandatory conscription in the Colombian military.
By Liza Smith
“I was in my bed when an explosion rocked our house.” FORColombia Peace Team member Isaac Beachy tells of combat on the edge of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, and analyzes how the Colombian military reported on it. Meanwhile, community kids carry on in a party. Filmed on October 30, 2010. Watch the video here.
By Maryrose Dolezal
Here’s a slideshow of photos from the tour so far. Click the arrow in the center to start the show.