Under the oil palm trees

“We are walking land”
(Indigenous saying)

 The landscapes of the Bajo Atrato region in Colombia are inundated with palm trees. You might be thinking they are the like the palm trees that appear on postcards next to beaches and crystalline waters, but no, these are somewhat different: flatter, wider and lower. Instead of juicy coconuts hanging at their centre there is a red, oily fruit, a bitter crop indeed for the communities who live here. Continue reading Under the oil palm trees

“Walking towards a horizon of justice and peace”

They say that to remember is to live. Commemorations are important; some remind us of painful moments and others of more happy times, but they always allow us to stop for a moment and look back, to look at the pathway we have journeyed along, and everything we have learned and built along the way. Continue reading “Walking towards a horizon of justice and peace”

Leaving their homes to save their lives

Internal forced displacement is a global disaster. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)[1] reports an ever-increasing and worrying figure which is greater than the total worldwide number of refugees: 65.6 million people are in a situation of forced displacement due to armed conflict, persecution, violence and human rights violations.[2] Continue reading Leaving their homes to save their lives

“THE 2005 MASSACRE WAS NOT THE END, IT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING”

“We have always said, and we have always been clear about this, that we are still resisting now and that we will keep on resisting and defending our rights. We do not know for how long, because what history tells us is that today we may be here talking together, but tomorrow we could be dead. That today we are in San José de Apartadó, tomorrow most of us might be displaced because there could be a massacre (…)” Continue reading “THE 2005 MASSACRE WAS NOT THE END, IT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING”

making space for peace