By Gina Spigarelli
“I thought it was great, all of it,” said one community member, reflecting on the celebrations around the 15-year anniversary of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó (CdP for its acronym in Spanish).
“Fifteen years! Can you believe it? These events are the kinds of celebrations we need as a community to give us the strength and endurance to keep on fighting for our lives and our community,” said one man who has been a part of the community process since the CdP was founded in 1997.
On March 23, CdP members from all of the community villages as well as national and international supporters of the CdP travelled to the community village of San Josecito, where we gathered in the newest community kiosk. The kiosk was built last year as a monument to all of those who have been killed while trying to build a peaceful alternative to war in the Peace Community. For the celebration the kiosk was lined with photos of resistance from the CdP as well as from other communities in resistance around Colombia. Human rights organizations all around the world sent banners and letters, and community members themselves made posters.