In Colombia peace organisation PAX offers support to victims of the armed conflict and their families. In Cauca and the Macarena region we focus on access to justice and conflict mediation.
In Colombia, the armed conflict causes immense personal suffering. However, there is little attention for the fate of the persons involved. One condition for sustainable peace is attention for victims. Moreover, the victims' families often seek humanitarian support, psychological guidance, access to justice and truth-finding. But providing victims and their families with support is never a standard procedure.
In Macarena, PAX trains mediators to help resolve conflicts. This is necessary because the conflicts kept government out of the area and hindered citizens' access to the courts. We also help organise groups that defend the interests of people – mainly women – who want so submit a request for compensation. Moreover, we strengthen communities' ability to play a role in local legal procedure and restitution for victims. Furthermore, we stimulate the people in Macarena to participate in local government.
In Cauca we help mediate land conflicts between various population groups.