The Comunidad de Paz (Peace Community) of San José de Apartadó has twinned with Tamera, an intentional ecovillage in Portugal. Their cooperation started over the conflicts in Colombia, where the community’s farmers had been resisting war and land grabbing, all the while facing threats and killings. Tamera gave support as an advocate, creating bridges with key international organizations. Comunidad de Paz got more protected and respected thanks to the visibility and the acknowledgment they received. Tamera community members also facilitated the implementation of regenerative practices that provide sustainable energy and health to the community. The Comunidad de Paz has taught Tamera about humility and forgiveness, and this north-south relationship also brought clarity and healing onto the shadows of colonial past and present.
“Because of the international help, we can always leave our home to go to our fields without being killed. We also have a lot of death threats from the leaders and because of the people of Tamera we can survive.”