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Turn, Turn Turn: Mexican Bees Know When to Dance on the Graves of the Martyrs

To everything there is a season. A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance -Ecclesiastes  3:1,4 

  The “Desplazados” varied group of Mexican citizens who for a variety of reasons since 1994, including fall out from NAFTA, have been “displaced.” hence the name.  You may have heard of the famous masked resistance group called the “Zapatistas.”  Since 1994 Chiapas, Mexico southern most state has lived in low intensity warfare, struggling to preserve their ways of life, culture, land and health    I went there with a Christian Peacemaking Team to visit the area of conflict and to meet, “Las Abejas,” (the Bees) a nonviolent Christian group. I was eager to learn from them.  I did not expect to learn so much about knowing when to dance and when to mourn.  I would have got it backwards.

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