Through a UCC website on the Internet, this month, Americans will have a unique opportunity to read daily reports from Colombia.
From March 11 to 23, a 100-person emergency peace delegation, including 18 UCC members, will travel to Colombia to investigate human right violations, the effect of the $1.3 billion of U.S. military aid and the refugee situation as a result of that country's ongoing internal conflict.
Journalist Andrea Cano, a member of Ainsworth UCC in Portland, Ore., will accompany the group and provide bilingual first-hand accounts of the delegation's findings.
Readers can find her daily accounts—in English and Spanish—by clicking here.
Colombia is the third largest recipient of military assistance, even as the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State and independent human rights organizations report that the Colombian security and paramilitary forces account for over 70 percent of the human rights violations in the region.
There are reports that nearly 2 million Colombians have been displaced and 300,000 killed due to the 40-year-old conflict. It has produced 1.6 million internal displaced persons, with an increasing number of refugees fleeing to Panama and Venezuela.
Dennis B. Apaun, Colorado Spring, Colo.; Ruth Coulthard, Ashland, Ore., Ali Durbin, Needham, Mass.; The Rev. J. Bennett Guess, Cleveland, Ohio; Debbie Leighton, Bath, Maine; Holly L. Miller, Washington, D.C.; Candida B. Mattos, Cleveland, Ohio; The Rev. Sala Nolan, Cleveland Heights, Ohio; The Rev. John C. Pegg, Duluth, Minn.; The Rev. John K. Rohde, Ypsilanti, Mich.; Raquel Rodriguez, Indianapolis; The Rev. Edward Rivera-Santiago, Cleveland, Ohio; Andrew Schwiebert, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico; Samuel W. Smith, Williamston, Mass.; Sandra L Sorensen, Washington, D.C.; The Rev. Ron Stief, Washington, D.C.; Howard R. Thody, Middletown, Conn.; Andrea Cano, Portland, Ore.
To follow the Colombian delegation
Just click here.