by Dan Ruth
LWR’s Vice President for International Programs, Tim McCully, penned the following article. It was published yesterday on the Huffington Post.
Lutheran World Relief has worked in Colombia for decades, through war, demobilization, failed peace negotiations and more war. Our work has changed over the years as local conditions have changed. But we have always focused on marginalized, rural communities and worked through local non-governmental counterparts in an effort to invest in the strength and independence of indigenous civil society.
As a result of Colombia’s long-standing armed conflict, many of the nation’s farmers are violently displaced from their lands. Farmers who try to return often have no access to credit, lack farming irrigation systems and have little in the way of quality seeds or fertilizer. They also face long and convoluted administrative battles to get legal titles to their land.