Further Resources on the Conflict in Colombia
Readings on Human Rights Accompaniment:
Unarmed Bodyguards: International Accompaniment for the Protection of Human Rights
By Liam Mahony and Luis Enrique Eguren, Kumarian Press, 1997, 289 pages, $21.95
Readings on Nonviolence and FOR:
Peace is the Way, edited by Walter Wink
Fellowship of Reconciliation, 2000, 295 pp., paper $20.00
To commemorate FOR's 85th anniversary, 55 outstanding articles from Fellowship's history offer a comprehensive reader in nonviolence.
Available online www.forusa.org/bookstores/storefront.htm
Creating the Beloved Community: A Journey with The Fellowship of Reconciliation
by Paul Dekar, paper, $23.95.
Dekar's history of the Fellowship of Reconciliation gives compelling witness to the organization's persistent peacemaking over its 90-year existence. Dekar weaves together stories of individual peace activists, local groups and nonviolent movements. He emphasizes FOR's consistent anti-war leadership, even as it has broadened its efforts to promote social justice and a culture of peace.
Readings on Colombia:
Colombia and the United States - War, Unrest and Destabilization
by Mario A. Murillo,
Seven Stories Press, 2004, 201 pages (paper), $10.95
Murillo's first hand experience and extensive research give us un insightful analysis of the complex and tragic Colombian reality--of social and economic inequalities that grow amidst and armed conflict that has lasted more than forty years; of government policies confronting this reality; of the impact of U.S. policies in Colombian internal affairs; of the growing of U.S. military presence in the country.
Available online at www.sevenstories.com
The Dispossessed: Chronicles of the Desterrados of Colombia
by Alfredo Molano, Haymarket Books, 2005, 220 pages (paper), $12.
Here in their own words are the stories of the desterrados, or "dispossessed" - the thousands of Colombians displaced by years of war and state-backed terrorism, funded in part through US aid to the Colombian government. These gripping stories show the human face of those who suffer the effects of the US "Plan Colombia" and of a state that serves the interests of wealthy landlords instead of the poor.
The Heart of the War in Colombia
by Constanza Ardila Galvis
Latin America Bureau, 2000, 223 pages (paper), $22.95
The Heart of the War focuses on personal stories of ten adults who were part of the war, on different sides, and decided to leave. Constanza Ardila Galvis worked with them for several years, then brought them together for two weeks of discussions. The author transcribed what they said, and the result is illuminating and heart-wrenching.
Available online at store.globalexchange.org
More Terrible than Death: Massacres, Drugs and Americaâ€™s War in Colombia
by Robin Kirk, Public Affairs, 2003, 288 pages, $16.95 paper.
The former Human Rights Watch researcher on Colombia writes a compelling history of political violence in recent decades in Colombia.
Violence in Colombia, 1990-2000: Waging War and Negotiating Peace edited by Charles Bergquist, Ricardo PeÃ±aranda, and Gonzalo SÃ¡nchez G.
Scholarly Resources, 2001, 300 pages (paper), $21.95
Available online at store.globalexchange.org
Out of War: True Stories from the Front Lines of the Children's Movement for Peace in Colombia
by Sara Cameron in cooperation with UNICEF
Scholastic Press, 2001, 187 pages (cloth), $15.95
The Children's Movement for Peace in Colombia was created by children who organized both locally and nationally for peace and children's rights, including a referendum in which nearly 3 million children voted for which of their rights was most important. This book compellingly tells the personal stories of nine children from different classes and regions of Colombia.
Resistencia Civil Artesana de Paz: Experiencias indÃgenas, afrodescednientes y campesinas
Esperanza HernÃ¡ndez Delgado
2005, Universidad Javeriana
A detailed and scholarly examination of rural community peace initiatives.
Available from FOR's San Francisco office. Call 415-495-6334 to order.
Videos and DVDs on Colombia:
Hasta la Ultima Piedra
60 minutes, 2006.
Tells the story of the peace community of San JosÃ© de ApartadÃ³, the lives of those living there and their decision to return to their lands. Available to borrow, or for a donation (if interested, contact us at 415-495-6334 or email@example.com.)
An extensive list of videos on Colombia is available from the Colombia Media Project, online at colhrnet.igc.org/videocat.htm
News on Colombia - A Few List-serves and Web sites
Center for International Policy
News on events in Colombia and U.S. policy, mostly from the U.S. press. High volume and comprehensive. Subscribe by writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org Or see postings on-line at www.cipcol.org
Colombia Policy Watch
InfoBrief is a weekly news summary of events in the US and Colombia produced and distributed by the US Office on Colombia. To receive it, go to usofficeoncolombia.org/inforbrief.htm, or write to emily_nelson[a]usofficeoncolombia.org
A lefty source of news and opinion, in Spanish, frequently updated. colombia.indymedia.org
A Spanish organization that supports the Peace Community of San JosÃ© and other nonviolent initiatives. You can request from their web site to receive their news updates. www.acompaz.org
Comunidad de Paz de San JosÃ© de ApartadÃ³
The web site of the Peace Community, includes much historical and current information, map, etc. www.cdpsanjose.org
Peace Brigades International
PBI distributes Focos de InterÃ©s, monthly briefs on subjects of concern in Spanish and English. To receive the Focos de InterÃ©s, write info[a]pbicolombia.igc.org
Daily Colombian paper, todayâ€™s edition and previous available on-line
Weekly magazine, often with investigative reports.
Christian Peacemaker Teams
News from the CPT team in Colombia, every week or so. Write to cptcolombia[a]yahoogroups.com.
For the official view of human rights in Colombia: Weekly reports available as a listserve or online