The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Seeds of hope in Colombia

Lutherans work toward a peaceful future

To North Americans, "Colombia," evokes images of coffee or of a drug cartel. What doesn't surface is the desperate suffering of Colombia's people.

Bloody conflicts between guerrillas, paramilitary groups, drug lords and government military forces are rampant. According to El Tiempo, Colombia's major newspaper, every 48 hours a massacre occurs. In the last 10 years, Colombia's civil war has claimed the lives of more than 30,000 and forcibly displaced at least 1.5 million others, says the Washington Office on Latin America, a coalition that promotes human rights and justice.

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