Magazine article The Christian Century

Accompaniment Program Launched in Colombia

Magazine article The Christian Century

Accompaniment Program Launched in Colombia

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An ecumenical accompaniment program has been launched to assist victims of violence in Colombia, where internal armed conflict has driven nearly 5 million people away from their land and property, according to the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI).

"The churches have been asked to break the silence and communicate all the atrocities taking place in Colombia," Carlos E. Ham, program executive for Diakonia and Latin America--Caribbean with the Geneva-based World Council of Churches, said in an interview October 18.

In December 2009, Colombia's attorney general reported 2,520 cases of forced disappearances of people, out of a total of 35,665 crimes confessed by paramilitary forces. A reported 2,388 burial pits were found in the country and 2,091 bodies exhumed, the report said.

Ecumenical accompaniers participate in the life of communities and work with local organizations that carry out nonviolent actions to promote and defend justice and contribute to the protection and implementation of human rights. After volunteering in local communities, accompaniers return to their own communities to educate others about the crisis and advocate for an end to the violence. …

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