Colombia Days of Prayer and Action
Peace with Justice for ALL Columbians | April 5-7, 2014
With over five million internally displaced people, Colombia has the world’s largest displacement crisis. Ongoing conflict has forced half a million people to flee to neighboring countries. Unequal land distribution is at the heart of Colombia’s conflict. The homes and lands of indigenous people, Afro-Colombians and small-scale farmers in Colombia continue to be violently and illegally seized by paramilitary and guerrilla groups who profit from the sale of these lands to unscrupulous companies. U.S. policy needs to change to ensure the complete and fair return of land to the millions of people who have been displaced.
Up until now, instead of protecting and defending the rights of Colombian communities, the U.S. and Colombian governments have prioritized economic, corporate and military interests. Over the past decade, the U.S.government has given more than $7 billion to Colombia — largely in the form of military aid. We cannot waste any more time or taxpayer dollars on strategies that not only don’t work but also exacerbate Colombia’s humanitarian crisis.
Colombians are calling for peace, justice and a place to call home. We join them!
Ways to Engage
Join hundreds of congregations in the United States and Colombia to pray and take action for peace in Colombia.
April 6 is the Day of Prayer where congregations will join in worship with Colombian brothers and sisters who endure great suffering and yet respond in faith and sow seeds of peace.
April 7 is the Day of Action to witness and call for U.S. policy to promote peace and justice in Colombia.
More details to come! Questions? Contact Rev. Michael Neuroth.
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“When I visited Colombia last year, I realized how beautiful this country is. Colombia is rich in culture and natural resources. I admired the work of local churches and community leaders who find ways to respond to the humanitarian crisis caused by decades of armed conflict… In accordance to our 24th General Synod, we call our churches to support the humanitarian and peace work of our Colombian brothers and sisters. Days of Prayer and Action is a great way to get involved. Engage your faith community in this important event for peace in Colombia”. ~Mike Neuroth~
“Every year we gather and work in our local churches to raise awareness of the impact of the U.S foreign policy towards Colombia. Days of Prayer and Action has united our spirit for one cause and strengthen our relationships with the people of Colombia, to whom we know and care for”. ~Barbara Gerlach~