I’d like to share three links of interest about Colombia. A Presbyterian News Service article published last week gives a good overview about recent church statements and actions protesting U.S. military use of Colombian bases, including Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo’s participation in a peacemaking delegation. At the urging of partners in Colombia, the most recent PC(USA) General Assembly approved strong statements and action to promote decreased militarization and encourage peaceful negotiation for a resolution to the armed conflict in Colombia.
Lutheran World Relief has a powerful art exhibit highlighting the impact of the conflict on Colombian citizens, currently on a three year tour of the United States. You can see a preview of Remember Me: Voices of the Silenced in Colombia, find ways to get involved in spreading the word, and perhaps consider volunteering your church or organization to host the exhibit in your area. It is currently in the Midwest, then moves for a year to the west coast before concluding the tour on the east coast in 2011-2012.
The most recent report from short-term accompaniers in Colombia describes some of the issues and discussion around Colombia’s proposed law that would attempt to return land to many who have been displaced by the violence.