COUNTRIES OF CONCERN


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In these pages, we focus on regions and countries of our world that are in the midst of particularly difficult conflicts and struggles. These regions and countries highlight both the high price of injustice and the role of external forces in shaping and sustaining regional conflicts.

These pages are designed to help us make the link between seemingly unconnected issues like ecology and human rights, or trade and armed conflict. They offer basic background on the country or region, and lift up the analysis and perspective of our partners. And they offer action suggestions for both short term actions when lives are at risk, and longer term action that reaches the roots of the struggles faced by these countries.

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KAIROS' work is currently focussed on five countries/regions:




COUNTRIES OF CONCERN NEWS

Bringing the experience of Latin American women to the International Peoples Conference on Mining in the Philippines.

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Gloria Chicaiza, from KAIROS partner Accion Ecologica in Ecuador, reports from the IPCM and gendered impact workshop in the Philippines. Read excerpts from her report here.

A trip to Mankayan, a mining town in the mountains of the Philippines

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Meeka Otway from Pauktuutit, Canadian National Inuit Women’s Association, is in the Philippines participating in the International Peoples Conference on Mining and visiting communities impacted by mining. Read her blog here.

Final Declaration and Action Points from Gendered Impacts workshop at International Peoples Conference on Mining in the Philippines

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Reflection on the TRC: Canada MUST make reconciliation happen with the same bravery and trust as that shown by survivors and witnesses

Venie Diano beside the Witness Blanket,  a National Monument to recognize the atrocities of Indian Residential Schools

  By Vernie Diano During the mass blanket exercise hosted by KAIROS on the grounds of Parliament Hill, I was impressed that it was young people playing the drums, an important cultural tradition of Indigenous peoples in Canada. They sang while they played and danced in a circle. It seemed that in playing the drums […]

Churches gather to support democracy and peace building in Congo

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Read the communiqué that was issued by conference participants on June 1, 2015.

Amidst ongoing violence, Colombian Church partners reaffirm their commitment to the peace process

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Read the Declaration of the International Ecumenical Meeting for Peace in Colombia, April 11, 2015

What is at Stake for Indigenous Women when FPIC is not respected?

Vernie Diano during at visit to Canada, May 2013

Beijing + 20: Broken Promises and the Need for Accountability

Mining and Human Rights: building networks of resistance

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In recognition of International Human Rights Day 2014, KAIROS co-sponsored Mining and Human Rights: building networks of resistance, an afternoon of workshops and presentations on the struggle of communities to defend their land from the impacts of resource extraction.

WI’AM Means Agape

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From beside the Separation wall in Bethlehem, Paul Gehrs reflects on determination, persistence, and the ongoing struggle for a just peace in Palestine and Israel.

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Paul Gehrs reflects on his experience at the “Life with Dignity” conference celebrating the 5th anniversary of Kairos Palestine.

To be in Bethlehem in Advent

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Paul Gehrs reflects on the shortest Advent ever — from his church in Winnipeg to the manger in Bethlehem in 24 hours.

Making the invisible visible: The Wayuu in Guajira face a humanitarian crisis

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The Wayuu people are one of 43 Indigenous groups in Colombia facing extinction. In this blog, Wayuu leader Matilde Lopez speaks with KAIROS’ Rachel Warden and Audrey Huntley from No More Silence about the threats facing her people.

No More Silence in Colombia – by Audrey Huntley

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Audrey Huntley comments on how KAIROS partner Organizacion Femenina Popular (OFP) and Toronto-based No More Silence honour and respect those who are murdered or disappeared.

Prayers for Peace in a Spirit of Unity

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Agnes Wasuk believes in the power of prayer. From her cramped office in the capital city of South Sudan, Agnes is building a women’s movement for peace — in part by encouraging women to gather monthly and pray for peace. She knows that prayer will need to be an important element of their strategy, particularly in this place that has been gripped by war and conflict for more than five decades.