Colombia

During the tumultuous campaign season, the 24-hour news cycle of U.S. politics hardly reported on anything but the election. However, if you seek out international news, you likely heard about the volatile peace accord vote in Colombia one month ahead of U.S. elections. While many in Colombia do support an end to the conflict, a…

Read more Votes Reveal Divisions

Since our post on the Colombia peace accords one week ago today, things have taken a dramatic turn, and then turned yet again. Here is a very brief overview linking many articles that can provide further background. On Sunday, October 2, Colombians went to the polls to vote on the peace accords signed by the…

Read more Colombia-wait, what?

Monday, September 26 was a landmark day for Colombians as they witnessed the signing of a peace accord between the government and the FARC guerrillas. The ongoing conflict has spanned more than five decades. The MCC Washington Office helped coordinate a time of prayer and music on Monday to celebrate the important moment, but also…

Read more Peace accord signed in Colombia

Last week, President Santos of Colombia visited Washington for high-level meetings with the Obama Administration. Most notably he was in town to “celebrate” the wonders of Plan Colombia that the U.S. heavily funded for 15 years with bi-partisan support. But many organizations that have worked in Colombia with local partners for years, before and during the…

Read more A celebration that falls short