Un acercamiento al fenomeno paramilitar en Colombia: relatos y perspectivas

“we must become the change we wish to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi


“there is hope in men, not in society, not in systems, organized religious systems, but in you and me” Jiddu Krishnamurti

On the palgrave international handbook of peace studies, on chapter 32, Victoria Fontan mentions that “Afghanistan has become a cemetery for peace projects. Over the past 10 years, billions of dollars have been spent to alleviate people’s suffering”. However, she reaches the conclusion herself that “mission after mission, I came to the realization that our field is more part of the problem than it is part of the solution”. She then mentions that, for Gregory Bateson, “the more we feel that we can wage ‘war’ on a problem, erradicate it, the more we can contribute to it”.

So, what does it all have to do with paramilitary issues in Colombia?

I would like to state that the study of peace does not, or at least should not come attached to the idea of conflict. Just like in Afghanistan, in Colombia, millions of dollars seem to be wasted with Plano Colombia and nothing much seem to have changed, because the conflict is still there. The issue I raise is that, as long as one is worried with, working on, trying to change an issue, the more this issue is present, the more it takes part in this person’s life.

I know that there are so many vulnerable people that seem to have no choice other than engaging in the paramilitary groups. However, sometimes as hard a choice is for someone, it still is ONE CHOICE. Meaning that, with determination, we can overcome certain directions we seemed doomed to fall into, when in fact we were not.

Therefore, I would like to share a very interesting initiative on peace culture in colombia. This is the best representation that, if one chooses peace, he shall have it. The Alianza is such an important initiative because it involves 16 national and international entities worried not with the conflict in Colombia, but with creating a culture of democratic convivence national, regional and local wise.


Alianza Educación para la Construcción de Culturas de Paz


Lastly, I would like to share the 1st part of a video that shows exactly how, in the middle of the conflict, we can find real initiatives that promote peace rather than combatting the violence:



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