The banality of the good
Fundraising by Luigi Albonico
I have just returned from the Peace Community of San Jose de Apartadó, Colombia.
A community of peasants, in a lush green land, as full of resources as it is raped by those who want to grab those resources.
"Do not participate directly or indirectly in war" recites one of the community's cardinal principles, as simple as it is revolutionary, in a context where violence makes one blind, angry and unable to choose.
Instead, the community has chosen head-on the voice of nonviolence, the light of peaceful resistance, the solidarity of being collective, for each other.
Sharing a piece of community life means seeing strong hands working the land, children smiling, seeds growing and plants bearing fruit.
It also means being an international presence, a valuable civilian escort, a deterrent to armed actors in the territory. It means walking for hours in the Colombian jungle, hoping not to fall off the mule, knowing that on arrival there will always be a hot meal, contributing for a little piece to the community's safety, accompanying them in this choice of life, actively neutral to the conflict that surrounds them.
Support Operation Dove's presence in the San Jose de Apartadó Peace Community, too!
"If you had the seed of a mango in your hands, knowing that it requires many years of care before it bears fruit, fruit that you will probably never be able to harvest ... wouldn't you plant it anyway?"