Our meetings generate conditions that facilitate reconciliation and promote peace among Colombians. Our gatherings provide opportunities to provide support for the victims as they struggle to rebuild their lives and for participants to become acquainted with the complexities of the armed conflict and of the physical and emotional consequences of the war for the victims.
Armenia 2012 “In search of Reconciliation”
This was our first reconciliation gathering among child-soldiers, victims of kidnapping and displacement, refugees and members of civil society in Colombia.
Through the sharing of experiences, recognition of the pain and suffering of the victims and the support provided amongst participants,
meaningful relationships were established. Furthermore, through symbolic acts of reparation, together with a great desire for peace, a formal engagement towards the creation of other reconciliation spaces was made, and it is in this way Agape’s reconciliation workshops were born.
“No one could have anticipated the impact that this meetings would have in our lives once the former child soldiers shared their stories and their reasons to join armed groups. Through their testimonies, attitudes and their need for forgiveness they became agents in the reconciliation of other victims of the war in Colombia”. A participant