Since the adoption of the Colombia Resolution (01-GS-23) by the 2001 United Church of Christ General Synod 23, the historic Connecticut Conference - a predecessor of the Southern New England Conference - has partnered with the Peace Commission of the Evangelical Council of Colombia. The Peace Commission works with a wide array of churches in Colombia, seeking to build peace and work for human rights in the midst of Colombia’s ongoing armed conflict.
Since the 2001 resolution, the Christian Church/Disciples of Christ and the United Church of Christ, through Global Ministries, have partnered with JustaPaz, a Mennonite organization in Bogota, and the Peace Commission of the Evangelical Council of Colombia.
Read the items at left for recent news and more background on the Colombia partnership.
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- In 2006, U.S. assistance to Colombia amounted to an estimated USD $728 million, approximately 80% of which was military and police assistance.
- At least 25,000 people were forcibly "disappeared" in Colombia.
- More than 5.7 million people internally displaced.
- Syria: 6.5 million people displaced; Colombia: 5.7 million; Democratic Republic of Congo: 2.9 million; Sudan: 2.4 million.
- More than 27,000 people have been kidnapped, mainly by guerrillas.
- Guerrillas kidnapped 25,482; paramilitary groups kidnapped 2,541.
- More than 11,700 people killed in 1,982 massacres largely perpetrated by paramilitary groups.
- Over 256,000 people newly displaced in 2012.
- More than 16,800 people displaced in mass displacements in 2013. Of those, 73 percent were Afro-Colombian or indigenous.
- 359 people wounded or killed by landmines in 2013. 169 people were registered as forcibly disappeared in 2013. Of those, 10 were found dead; 36 were found alive; 123 remain missing.
- 26 union members assassinated in 2013. 78 human rights defenders assassinated in 2013. [Statistics by Amnesty International and Latin American Working Group.]