I´ll be honest, I don´t really want to update this blog right now. Everything still feels largely scattered and huge and mixed up. So I will do what I usually do when I feel like something is unmanageable but necessary: make lists.
Things I have done for work so far
– Visited and interviewed 5 different churches/organizations which are part of the ISP (Sanctuary Peace Churches)
– Visited and talked to 3 different victims in la Ceja
– Written out a plan for a first big encounter of the group of displaced people in the Ceja
– Talked, asked questions, spent a lot of time with Pastor Faustino
– Emailed various people I think can help me wrap my head around what I´m dealing with here
– Spent some frustrating time starting to learn html, giving up, and spending time trying to see if a wordpress blog would do the trick for an ISP website.
Things I have done for fun so far
– Gone to a very big, very loud concert with an acquaintance, made another acquaintance
– Gone to a friend of a friend´s friends´birthday party. No joke.
– Walked/metro-ed to various parts of the city by myself
– Watched Human Planet (once with Dhira)
– Had Dhira henna my hair
Things that have disturbed me
– The unfolding news of how the DAS (national administration governmental office thing) ex-director was working with the paramilitaries
– Under then new Victims´ law people displaced or attacked by paramilitary groups are not giving restitution because, clearly, the paras no longer exist. They are now ¨Bacrim¨, criminal bands, not covered.
– The continued assumption by all church institutions I´ve seen here so far that homosexuality is so clearly wrong it´s not even a conversation.
– How comfortable I am as I pass people sleeping under garbage bags.
– A small boy crying that he had been robbed turning out to be a ploy for a kind passer-by to stop and themselves get robbed by others
– The sheer quantity of small worms that somehow took over our kitchen the first week
– My ability to care so deeply about my own social vacuum and times of loneliness given all the truly disturbing realities and news around me.
Things that give me joy and hope
– The enthusiasm and good work of the people I am meeting
– The view from my porch
– Human Planet
– Calls from friends and family
– Clair de Lune by Debussy
Tomorrow is the International Day of Peace, declared by the United Nations and to be celebrated in the Ceja. I think it would be a great day for calling a senator or two, don´t you? If you´re wondering what to say I suggest:
– Ending military aid to Israel and Colombia
– Not signing the Free Trade Agreement packages that include Colombia
– Anything suggested by Witness for Peace (see link on my sidebar)
I promise the next post will be more prose-y and interesting…
Happy peace day, folks.