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

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.

Yolanda Becerra, National Coordinator, Organizacion Femenina Popular (OFP), Barrancabermeja, Colombia

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November 25, the International Day to End Violence Against Women, is a day to raise awareness of the work that organizations and movements are doing around the world to end violence against women. This is precisely why we are launching our book, Re –parar para la Paz (Repairing for Peace), which documents the OFP’s experience […]

When a woman is no longer silent

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On the International Day to End Violence Against Women, KAIROS partner Chantal Bilulu reflects on what this day means for her and other women working to combat sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

KAIROS Partners are still Here! Working to End Violence against Women

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On November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, women’s organizations and movements, human rights groups, grassroots organizations and governments from around the world come together to demand an end to violence against women and to look for solutions. November 25 also marks the beginning of 16 days of action to […]