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Colombia must "recover its sense of humanity" after a month of protests

27 May 2021
Latin America - Colombia - Peace is social justice

With an internal armed conflict lasting over 50 years, generations of people in Colombia have grown up knowing only violence.

Monsignor Héctor-Fabio Henao, longstanding CAFOD partner and co-facilitator of negotiations, notes that these talks have reached a key phase for Colombia.

He said:

“Once the country is shown the achievements of this phase, the results that have been obtained, we hope that a different climate will start to emerge.

"We are seeing an explosion of many pent-up aspirations, but things will not be resolved overnight. We must bear in mind that there have been situations that go back a long way, but we are doing everything possible to achieve a climate of dialogue and a climate of understanding.

"We have lost a great deal of our sense of humanity, and Colombia has to recover its sense of humanity. In Colombia it is necessary to recover a sense of profound unity, which means recovering the recognition of the dignity of every human being. Colombia does not need polarisation. All this does is destroy our sense of humanity, our capacity to see ourselves as human beings.”

Please keep the people of Colombia in your prayers

"We must bear in mind that there have been situations that go back a long way, but we are doing everything possible to achieve a climate of dialogue and a climate of understanding."

Monsignor Héctor-Fabio Henao, longstanding CAFOD partner