Colombia

NI mother bringing lessons of our peace process to Colombia

Rosamund Bennett pictured with children at an informal school in a Muslim camp in Myanmar
Rosamund Bennett pictured with children at an informal school in a Muslim camp in Myanmar

A mother of three from Northern Ireland has been asked to share the story of our peace process with Colombians so that they can learn from it as they try to rebuild after bloody conflict.

Rosamund Bennett, originally from Banbridge but now living in Islandmagee, departed for Bogota last night in her role as CEO of Christian Aid Ireland.

Peace building is a dangerous role in the South American country with human rights campaigners being killed with alarming regularity despite the government and the FARC signing a historic agreement last June.

Rosamund said major issues resulting from the conflict in Colombia involved people being displaced from their land and robbed of their human rights and basic services as well as gender discrimination and sexual abuse.

The 48-year-old added: “Human rights defenders are regularly killed in Colombia. In January alone this year there were 27 killed. It’s important for us to provide support to the people who are carrying out this work.”

She continued: “When I asked them if there was anything they want me to bring over they said…

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