|Christian Peacemaker Delegation, March 3-16, 2011: "Mega Projects and Peoples' Struggle for the Land"|
Join CPT Colombia members in accompanying FEDEAGROMISBOL, a federation of subsistence miners and small farmers in the Southern Bolivar province. Learn how those in power regard the presence of small-scale miners and campesinos in a resource-rich part of Colombia to be a barrier to economic development by large corporate interests.
Understand how international mining corporations and large-scale palm oil projects are a root cause of the Colombian conflict and forced displacement. Meet communities that continue to struggle for their territory, culture, and protection of the environment. Delegates will also visit organizations in Barrancabermeja, the industrial city in the Magdalena Medio region where CPT's full-time team has been based since 2001.
Some physical rigors may be involved, such as hiking in mud and heat or mountains, hours-long trips by boat or truck, and generally long days.
CPT seeks participants who are interested in human rights work, committed to nonviolence and to undoing racism, and willing to participate in team worship and reflection. Delegates should have plans to share about the trip upon return to their home communities and congregations. Apply today!
(Other Colombia delegations are set for May 19-June 2, July 14-27, and September 22-October 5, 2011. The focus will be announced later. A national delegation for Colombians is set for April 16-23. *)
CPT has limited funds available to assist applicants who otherwise could not participate. CPT is committed to undoing racism and will give preference for funding support to applicants from communities that have been disadvantaged by racism.
English language fluency is required for full participation, except for the Colombia national delegation (Spanish).
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