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Girl dies in western Colombia bombing

07/31/2014 15:44 GMT

BOGOTA, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - A girl was killed and three other members of her family were wounded in a grenade attack attributed to FARC guerrillas in western Colombia, officials said Thursday.

Suspected leftist rebels with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia launched two home-made grenades in the town of Miranda, hitting a house where the victim, two-year-old Yulani Yuque, was asleep with her parents and brother, authorities said.

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Colombia's Santos says FARC attacks could end peace process

Source: Reuters - Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:13 GMT
Author: Reuters

BOGOTA, July 29 (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said continuing attacks perpetrated by leftist FARC guerrillas, many of which target infrastructure, could bring an end to peace negotiations with the government.

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WFP and Government of Bolivar Launch Sprinkles for Life Project

CARTAGENA -On July 14th, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Bolivar launched the Sprinkles for Life project, which consists of implementing a home fortification strategy which uses micronutrients powders to serve 71,000 children from the ages of 2 to 5 in 45 different municipalities in the Department of Bolivar, over 11 months.

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Monitoring Emergencies - Colombia 7/26-28/2014

Drought. 79 municipalities affected by fires, water shortage and damage to agriculture; of those, 37 have declared public calamity situations. Major damage in La Guajira department, with 10 of 15 municipalities in state of public calamity. Response: Assistance has been prioritized in La Guajira department and Santa Marta municipality (Magdalena). Delivery of food kits, increased water distribution through tank cars and distribution of water containers, construction of wells and installation of desalinization mills. Crisis response activated in La Guajira. (o.s.: UNGRD)

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In the Crossfire: thousands of Indigenous and Afro Colombians flee their territory in Chocó

While the peace dialogues continue in Havana, armed groups fight for the control of territory, illegal mineral mining and lucrative drug-trafficking corridors in Chocó, affecting indigenous and afro-Colombian communities.

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UNHCR Colombia Situation Regional Newsletter Issue no. 2, June 2014

In this issue

Colombia: Building blocks for a bet ter future Ecuador: Resisting prejudice
Panama: Free way to full integration
Human Inside: A security official on her work

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Colombia's Santos dubs new legislature 'Congress of peace'

07/21/2014 06:21 GMT

BOGOTA, July 21, 2014 (AFP) - Colombia's newly re-elected President Juan Manuel Santos installed a new legislature Sunday, calling it a "Congress of peace" and asking for its support in creating a post-conflict nation amid negotiations with the FARC.

Colombians re-elected Santos in mid-June in a cliffhanger poll seen as a referendum on peace talks to end Latin America's longest running armed conflict.

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Victims to be heard in Colombia peace talks

07/17/2014 19:46 GMT

HAVANA, July 17, 2014 (AFP) - Representatives of victims of the conflict in Colombia will take part in peace talks between the government and the FARC guerrilla group next month, the two sides announced Thursday.

The victims' "voice will be a fundamental element of the discussions," a joint statement said after an agreement between negotiators as part of talks to end the five decade-old conflict.

The next round of negotiations dealing with compensation for victims of the conflict is scheduled to begin August 12 in Havana.

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Displaced and invisible in Colombia

Over 5 million Colombians are currently displaced internally due to continuing violence. Each year at least 150,000 more leave their homes. This has created the world's second largest internally displaced population.

Three of the five departments most affected by the ongoing crisis are Nariño, Valle del Cauca and Cauca, where HelpAge currently has its largest projects.

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Colombia: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 28 | 1 – 31 June 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • ASG Kyung-wha Kang called for more support to people affected by the armed conflict and natural disasters in Colombia.

  • Humanitarian caseload in 2014 I semester still of concern despite unilateral ceasefire periods and peace negotiations.

  • National and international NGOs increase funding requests, 9 ERF projects funded by June 2014.

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Colombia: Cluster Response - Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 16 June 2014)

The long-running armed conflict in Colombia continues to cause forced displacement, landmine contamination, sexual violence and the recruitment of children and adolescents by non-state armed groups. Colombia's propensity for natural disasters combines with armed violence events to create double vulnerability for much of the population.

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Colombia rebels, government resume Havana peace talks

07/15/2014 17:31 GMT

HAVANA, July 15, 2014 (AFP) - Marxist FARC rebels and representatives from Colombia's government sat down together on Tuesday for the first time in more than a month, tying up loose ends as they embark on a new round of peace talks.

The meeting is the first between the two sides since the re-election last month of President Juan Manuel Santos, which gave a big push to the negotiations.

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Monitoring Emergencies - Colombia 7/14/2014

Casanare Department. Municipalities of Yopal and Maní. Floods force rescue of familes isolated by overflow of the Cravo river, loss of property and homes evacuated. 1.100 familes affected.

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Colombian troops kill 14 FARC rebels: official

07/14/2014 15:24 GMT

BOGOTA, July 14, 2014 (AFP) - Colombian troops killed 14 FARC guerrillas in fighting over the weekend, as the military pressed an offensive ahead of a resumption of peace talks in Havana.

The fighting was part of a "sustained and continuous operation" against the FARC in northwestern Colombia, General Juan Pablo Rodriguez, head of the armed forces, told reporters on Monday.

In a Twitter message, President Juan Manuel Santos congratulated the military on the success of its operation.

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Colombia: Humanitarian Dashboard (as of 30 June 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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FEATURE: Climate Displacement and Resilient Communities – Lessons from the case of Manatí, Colombia

According to the International Organization for Migration, climate related migrations will increase because of climate change. This poses new challenges that range in focus from the individual or psychological, to restructuring social tissue, economic dynamics, legal and judicial frameworks, the actions of publication institutions, and, in general the adaptation of policies to face climate change and manage risk.

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UK investment treaty with Colombia 'threatens fragile peace process'

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Human rights groups say agreement to protect British investors empowers multinational firms and endangers land reform

British companies will be able to sue the Colombian government in the international courts for the first time under a controversial investment treaty that critics say will make it harder for the Latin American country to carry out land reform – a key component of its ongoing peace process.

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FARC, Colombian government to resume talks in Cuba

07/09/2014 03:40 GMT

HAVANA, July 9, 2014 (AFP) - Marxist FARC rebels and Colombia's government will resume peace talks on July 15 in Havana after a break, the two sides said Tuesday.

After a pause of more than a month, negotiators have already held some preparatory discussions on the highly thorny issue of victims of the country's conflict. That one is next up on the agenda of talks aiming to reach a deal that would end Latin America's longest-running civil war.

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More Colombians trafficked for forced labour than sex work - report

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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 7 Jul 2014 16:36 GMT
Author: Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Colombian Jhon Freddy got a job in Argentina as a manager with a multinational company earning $7,000 a month, he thought it was a dream come true.

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ELN rebels claim Colombia pipeline attack that wounded 13

07/03/2014 18:52 GMT

BOGOTA, July 3, 2014 (AFP) - Colombia's second largest guerrilla group, the ELN, claimed responsibility for a weekend attack on an oil pipeline that left 13 people wounded, just weeks after launching peace talks with the government.

The National Liberation Army, which last month announced it would take part in the peace process, launched home-made explosives Sunday targeting a facility along the 780-kilometer (485-mile) Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline, one of the country's main oil conduits.

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