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Mother and son reunited after 15 years

He went to fight for an armed group as a boy; she thought he was dead. More than 10 years later, in prison, he told his story to an ICRC delegate and asked him to trace his family. The painstaking search was successful and they were reunited. In 2013, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) restored links between 83 families split up by the conflict or other violence in Colombia. More than 1,000 detainees were reunited with their loved ones thanks to ICRC financial support to cover their travel expenses.

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Colombia: Monthly Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 25 | 1 – 30 March 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cauca, the most affected by displacement and armed actions in 2014

  • March 2014, the most violent month since the beginning of the year

  • Protection and humanitarian concerns persist in Buenaventura

  • Dry season hinders humanitarian access

  • HCT improve monitoring of CERF and ERF

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Colombia: A year of supporting victims

11-04-2014 Feature

The hope of starting afresh and leaving behind a conflict that has spanned five decades contrasts sharply with the grim reality of daily life for victims of the conflict in Colombia. Every day, thousands of people are killed, go missing, are forced to flee their homes or end up trapped in their own neighbourhoods because of the invisible boundaries imposed by armed groups. In 2013, the ICRC helped over 235,000 of them.

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Colombia: Humanitarian situation and ICRC activities

11-04-2014

The hope of being able to turn the page and leave behind a conflict spanning five decades contrasted with the reality facing the victims of armed violence. The departments experiencing most difficulties were - se in the south and west of the country and Antioquia and Norte de Santander.

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Colombia: Humanitarian Dashboard (as of 31 March 2014)

SITUATION OVERVIEW

  • Persistence of the interal armed conflict and generalized violence. Reduced visibility of the humanitarian situation. Some regions are more impacted than others. According to the Humanitarian Needs Overview some regions have more needs and less response than others.

  • Increase in humanitarian caseload, including IDPs, civilian victims of APM, those affected by natural disasters.

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Two police, one civilian killed in Colombia attack

04/08/2014 21:25 GMT

BOGOTA, April 8, 2014 (AFP) - Two police officers and a civilian were killed after a dawn ambush in southwestern Colombia on Tuesday blamed on leftist rebels, authorities said.

Officials said fighters with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were responsible for the dawn attack in the town of Cartagena del Chaira, in Caqueta state.

The victims were taking part in a police operation to arrest a suspected drug dealer when they were gunned down, officials said.

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Secretary General Insulza Reaffirms OAS Commitment to Demining and Rehabilitation of the Victims in the International Day against Antipersonnel Mines

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today participated in a ceremony commemorating the International Day against Antipersonnel Mines in Medellin, Colombia, where he described the effort and commitment of the hemispheric institution to eradicate the scourge and bring rehabilitation to survivors as a "high priority."

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Colombia must set an example by assisting landmine victims

On International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, Handicap International calls on governments, particularly the Colombian government, to take all necessary measures to assist mine victims and advance their rights.

The United Nations declared April 4, “International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action” in 2005. This year, Handicap International focuses on Colombia, one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, and home to thousands of landmine victims.

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Colombia wants truth commission after FARC peace deal

03/30/2014 22:34 GMT

HAVANA, March 30, 2014 (AFP) - A truth commission to probe abuses in Colombia's half-century-old conflict should be held after, not before, peace is reached with leftist rebels, Bogota's top negotiator said Sunday.

Humberto de la Calle's remark was the first government reaction to a proposal raised eight months ago by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in talks between the two sides to resolve their differences.

"There can be no end to the conflict without truth," said de la Calle, a former Colombian vice president.

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Peace talks fail to stop human rights abuses ahead of UN review

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The overall figures of human rights violations are terrible. Some 70 human rights defenders were killed in 2013, as were at least 27 members of trade unions.

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“When the water tanks arrived, the whole village celebrated”

Seven out of ten people in the village of Tamaje, on the Pacific Coast of Colombia, were falling ill from drinking contaminated water. The ICRC resolved the problem by installing rainwater storage tanks outside every house, the school and the local clinic.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Colombia 13-March-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Uncertain prospects for the 2014 cereal production

  • Rice and maize imports to increase in 2013/14 marketing year

  • Rice prices continued at low levels in February

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The Crisis in Buenaventura: Disappearances, Dismemberment, and Displacement in Colombia’s Main Pacific Port

(Bogotá, March 20, 2014) – Paramilitary successor groups have abducted and disappeared scores, and possibly hundreds, of residents of the largely Afro-Colombian port of Buenaventura, Human Rights Watch said in a report and video released today. Thousands of residents have been fleeing their homes in the city each year, making Buenaventura the municipality with the highest level of ongoing forced displacement in Colombia today.

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Colombia: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 18 March 2014)

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Colombia: Monthly Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 24 | 01 – 28 February 2014

Around 40,000 indigenous people face a deterioration of food security due to the increase in Venezuelan border controls. which halt the sale of food and consumer goods.

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Feature - In Colombia war zone, peace talks raise new fears

By Helen Murphy

TORIBIO, Colombia, March 16 (Reuters) - For farmers like Angel Escue, Colombia's bid to end half a century of war with Marxist rebels may come at too high a price.

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Collaboration helps Colombia adapt to climate change

Workshop highlights policymaker-friendly tools

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BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Global Communities complete first year of partnership to assist vulnerable communities in Colombia

Silver Spring, MD (March 12, 2014) – Global Communities today announced the successful completion of the first year of a partnership with BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities (BSC) to assist vulnerable communities and displaced persons in Colombia. BSC has provided US $28.6 million to ANDA, a five-year program specifically designed to address the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and vulnerable communities to complement poverty reduction efforts by the national government.

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Coffee unites once-reclusive war-torn Colombian community

By Peter Murphy

SERRANIA DE PERIJA, Colombia, March 10 (Reuters) - After enduring eight hours of machine-gunfire and bombs between leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries, Maura Leonor Vega and her husband fled their home of four decades in Colombia's Andes for the shelter of the nearest town.

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Annual Report 2013: Colombia

Editorial

At Unicef Colombia we work every day for children and adolescents across the country, promoting their rights. We prioritize the regions of Colombia where they have fewer opportunities.

Presenting our results from 2013, we would also like to thank the governments of Canada, Sweden, Norway, UNICEF US Fund and our partners from the public and private sectors for their valuable support, as well as the more than 15,000 people in Colombia that every month invest in the population aged from 0 to 18 years, to make our work possible.