Head of Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Colombia speaks about disappearance.
Arauca affected by conflict and natural disasters.
ELN increases actions
No. of people affected by access and mobility constraints. Oct 2015 (OCHA) 12,507
No. of people affected by natural disasters. Oct. 2015 (UNGRD) 7,551
Through Mennonite Central Committee’s IVEP and Seed programs, 26-year-old Juan Sebastián Pacheco Lozano from Bogotá, Colombia, is building local and global advocacy skills.
By Rachel Sommer
Nov. 24, 2015
EPHRATA, Pa. – Twenty-six-year-old Juan Sebastián Pacheco Lozano is uniquely qualified for his position as the International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) participant serving at Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) United Nations Office this year.
Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Sunday 11/22/2015 - 20:45 GMT |
Colombia's government announced Sunday it is pardoning 30 jailed members of the FARC in what it called a confidence-building measure as it pursues peace talks with the leftist guerrilla group.
But as the pardons were being announced, a Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia spokesmen in Havana said that rebel inmates were on hunger strike at 20 prisons over alleged mistreatment, a lack of health care and other grievances.
Havana, Cuba | AFP | Saturday 11/21/2015 - 20:09 GMT
Colombia's FARC rebels, who are negotiating a peace accord with the government, said Saturday they will not disarm or sign a deal unless rightwing paramilitary groups are eliminated.
Such groups, which first emerged in the 1980s as part of a complex mix of forces in Colombia, officially demobilized in 2006.
But the Marxist FARC said they are now back on the rise.
The government has also recognized that some paramilitary groups have reactivated and are involved particularly in drug trafficking.
Las comisiones del Senado y de la Cámara de Diputados de Colombia han aprobado por gran mayoría la convocatoria de un referéndum popular para convalidar los acuerdos que surjan de las históricas negociaciones de paz que se llevan a cabo en La Habana (Cuba) entre el gobierno colombiano y el movimiento guerrillero de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC).
“Felicito a las comisiones… por este debate que demuestra el total apoyo al proceso de paz bajo la guía del presidente Juan Manuel Santos”, dijo el ministro del Interior colombiano, Juan Fernando Cristo.
Summary of WFP assistance:
November 20 2015: Alana Poole speaks with Fernán González about the ongoing peace process and hopes for an end to the conflict.
Fernán González, S.J. is a political scientist, historian and author, Director of Conflict and Statebuilding at Colombian peacebuilding organisation Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular/Programa por la Paz (CINEP/PPP) , and Director of national research consortium Observatorio para el Desarrollo, la Convivencia y el Fortalecimiento Institucional (ODECOFI).
Havana, Cuba | AFP | Thursday 11/19/2015 - 20:27 GMT |
The Colombian government and FARC rebels said Thursday they are closer than ever to ending their half-century-old conflict as peace talks entered their third year.
Negotiators at the Havana talks, which opened on November 19, 2012, have recently announced major advances, particularly on the thorny issue of justice for atrocities that rights groups say both sides have committed in a conflict that has killed more than 220,000 people.
In Pescáito, Santa Marta, residents report that water levels are about one meter high, and in Maria Eugenia, heavy rains caused mud to end up inside homes. In addition, Tamacá creek, which runs through the southern sector of the city flooded, which led to restrictions on the Caribbean trunk road via the town of Cienaga. Furthermore, in La Malvinas a home collapsed, however, no injuries have been reported. (M: CARACOL)
HUMANITARIAN NEEDS & KEY FIGURES
Colombia faces persistent humanitarian and protection needs as a result of the impact of armed conflict and violence.
JIPS’ scoping mission to support Government of Colombia
Following a request from the Colombian Government’s Victims’ Unit earlier this year, JIPS conducted a scoping mission to Bogota in October 2015. The mission aimed to support the Unit in the implementation of Decree 2569 through which the analysis of household vulnerabilities is being conducted to help target humanitarian assistance for IDPs. In addition, the mission was also asked to review broader vulnerability analysis measures and processes to help strengthen collaborative responses to displacement.
Maryluz and her family arrived in Cartagena after they were forcefully displaced from Uraba Antioqueño in Northern Colombia. At the time, she and her husband had three children: Cristian, Alejandra and Dina. At first, they stayed at a friend’s house, who had arrived earlier under similar circumstances and insisted that they stay with them until they found a place to live. They finally settled in the Villas de Aranjuez neighborhood of Cartagena, a neighborhood well-known for the free housing provided to displaced and vulnerable families by the government of Colombia.
USAID FFP is WFP Colombia’s largest donor, contributing vital cash and in-kind contributions to improve the food consumption and dietary diversity of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and returnees, and the most vulnerable Colombians affected by the long-term civil conflict. These funds also help to rebuild the livelihoods of IDPs and returnees, with a focus on resilience, and empower women and ethnic groups.
GENEVA, Nov 13 (UNHCR) – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has welcomed the announcement by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to establish a bilateral and definitive cease-fire in the coming weeks.
The High Commissioner also encourages the two parties to do everything possible to reduce the impact of the conflict, which has resulted in displacement and suffering for many Colombians.
Update on floods in the department of Cauca, municipality of Guapi: Three deaths and four injuries occurred on a mine during a landslide in the Chuare Napi sector. The media has reported an increase in the number of directly affected families from 6,200 to 7,000, with 10,000 people who in some way were also affected. (OS: CLOMBIASSH) (M: WRADIO)
On 18 October the government of Colombia and the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) announced that they would be taking a wide range of measures to find missing people. The aim is to provide answers to the hundreds of thousands of people who are still searching for their missing loved ones.
Families of missing people live in a state of constant uncertainty, not knowing whether their relatives are alive or dead. We at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) welcome this chance to give the families closure.
Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Tuesday 11/10/2015 - 15:54 GMT
The head of Colombia's FARC rebels said Tuesday he has ordered the guerrilla army to stop buying weapons, as a goodwill gesture to accelerate peace talks with the government.
"On September 30 I gave the order to all FARC command structures to suspend arms and munitions purchases," commander Timoleon "Timochenko" Jimenez wrote on Twitter.
Source: Reuters - Mon, 9 Nov 2015 16:50 GMT
HAVANA, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Colombia's leftist FARC rebels on Monday rejected a proposed law under debate in the Andean country's Congress for creating a plebiscite to give the voters final approval over any peace plan.
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• Floods occurred on Saturday, November 7, in the municipality of Valle del Guamenz in the department of Putumayo due to the overflow of the Hormiga and Jordán rivers, no casualties were reported. There is no census yet on how many people were affected. (OS: REDHUM)