(Washington, D.C.) April 26, 2013 — With an ongoing civil war that has displaced more than five million people in the last 50 years, Colombia continues to suffer one of the largest displacements and humanitarian crises in the world today. More than half a million Colombians have fled Colombia into neighboring countries and those in Colombia still face violence in their communities. Unfortunately, U.S. policy towards the conflict has helped in fueling the violence.
But there is hope for Colombia. Last October, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas began peace talks. We believe that an agreement can be reached between the FARC and the Colombian government, finally giving the victims of the war a just and lasting peace. In order to help create a sustainable peace for Colombia, U.S. policy must change.
We ask that you join Jesuit Refugee Service/USA this week for Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia. Every year, thousands of students, parishioners, activists, and faith leaders around the country join together in prayer and solidarity for the victims in Colombia.
This year, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and 62 other faith leaders will deliver a letter to President Obama outlining our concerns and recommendations for change in U.S. policy towards Colombia. Please lend us your voice and sign our letter to President Obama here. It is only with your help that we can make a difference and support peace in Colombia.
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