Clark, Peter

Peter Clark
1 December 2002Feature

Peace Brigades volunteer Peter Clark sends a message home from the frontline in the war waged on peaceful civilians.

Greetings from the front lines in the battle for democracy in Colombia. I'm not referring to a war waged between the Colombian military, right-wing paramilitaries and left-wing guerrilla groups, but rather the war waged on peaceful civilians who dare to raise their voices or organise politically.

Colombia is often referred to as “the oldest democracy in Latin America” because of its nearly uninterrupted series of elections during the last century. However, civil society and the…