Latin America/Caribbean

MCC honduras lifts up Colombia at service in Teguc mennonite church

By Charissa Zehr As a bilingual person aspiring to be trilingual, living with a bilingual spouse, I spend a lot of time thinking about language construction and the flawed way we interpret one language into another. Words fail to describe certain feelings; idiomatic expressions refuse to be confined by Google Translate and the sentiment falls…

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This article was originally published on Third Way Cafe. In 2000, the Clinton administration enacted Plan Colombia, the $1.3 billion aid package to help Colombia in efforts to reduce drug production. Profits from the drug trade have fueled various actors in Colombia’s ongoing guerilla warfare, which began in 1964. In the first ten years of…

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How the U.N. is failing Haitian cholera victims From HuffingtonPost Impact: “Haiti is a few months away from the five-year anniversary of the introduction of cholera because of the United Nations’ systematic negligence in leaking contaminated human waste into Haitian waterways. We at Mennonite Central Committee created an infographic to raise awareness of two unfortunate…

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MCC honduras lifts up Colombia at service in Teguc mennonite church

Edder Mecón is an MCC service worker from Colombia serving in Honduras. He shares a reflection on the Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia that he participated in with a Mennonite congregation in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Being part of Mennonite Central Committee motivates me to participate in the opportunities and activities developed by the wider,…

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By Sara Ritchie Nineteen months into the peace talks with FARC, President Juan Santos won reelection on a platform that promoted peace and promised an end to the armed conflict in Colombia. His message was well-received among Colombian voters, giving him a 900,000 vote advantage over his opponent, Óscar Iván Zuluaga, who openly attacked the…

Read more A symbol of peace