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Colombia: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 30 | 1 – 31 August 2014

The simultaneous combination of a prolonged drought and the closure of the Colombian-Venezuelan border created an extreme situation in Guajira, affecting food security and access to water, sanitation and livelihoods.

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Buenaventura, Colombia: Brutal Realities

Forced Displacement and Gender-based Sexual Violence

The report “Buenaventura, Colombia; Brutal Realities”shows that in Colombia, the violence disproportionately impacts women, especially those of afro-Colombian descent and that the tactics of the warring factions systematically use sexual violence as a weapon of conflict. The report, which is released with support from UNHCR, is based on interviews and desk research and can be downloaded here.

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Colombian Butterflies receive prestigious Nansen Refugee Award

GENEVA, September 12 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday named a group of courageous Colombian women as winners of the prestigious annual Nansen Refugee Award for their work in helping survivors of forced displacement and sexual abuse in the violence-ridden and run-down Pacific port of Buenaventura.

The volunteers of the women's rights group, Red Mariposas de Alas Nuevas Construyendo Futuro (known in English as Butterflies for short), are being recognized for their selfless work in helping more than 1,000 women and their families in Buenaventura, Colombia's main seaport.

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Colombian war victims urge ceasefire during peace talks

Source: Reuters - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:06 GMT

Author: Reuters

By Nelson Acosta

HAVANA, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Colombian war victims demanded a bilateral ceasefire to halt Latin America's longest running conflict on Wednesday in a direct challenge to President Juan Manuel Santos, who has resisted rebel calls for a ceasefire during peace talks.

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Colombia: Disasters Snapshot (as of 22 Aug 2014)

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The lack of precipitation has led to drought, water shortages, forest fires and access constraints due to low river levels. More than 500,000 people are affected in La Guajira department.

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Think you can solve Colombia's 50-year war? Reach for your mouse

Source: Reuters - Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:42 GMT

By Peter Murphy

BOGOTA, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Colombians will soon be able to sit around a virtual negotiating table as Marxist FARC rebels or the government to thrash out an end to 50 years of war in a video game mirroring complex real life talks to restore peace to the country.

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Colombia Signs at the OAS Inter-American Convention against Racial Discrimination and All Forms of Intolerance

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, chaired at the hemispheric institution’s headquarters a ceremony during which the Permanent Representative of Colombia to the OAS, Andrés González, signed on behalf of his country the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intoleranceand the Inter-American Convention against al

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Colombia Humanitarian Situation Synopsis I Sem 2014

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Monitoring Emergencies - Colombia 09/5/2014

Departament of La Guajira, Municipality of La Jagua del Pilar: Windstorm. Rain with heavy winds affected 47 families; although there were no injuries or fatalities, their homes were damaged, particularly roofs and loss of property. (o.s.: SSH.org; m.: Diario del Norte).

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INTERVIEW-Top Colombian general says rebels will be defeated if no peace deal

Source: Reuters - Wed, 3 Sep 2014 21:52 GMT

By Luis Jaime Acosta

BOGOTA, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Colombia's military will not stand in the way of a peace deal between the government and leftist rebels, but would defeat the guerrillas on the battlefield if an accord fell through, the head of the armed forces said on Wednesday.

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Rebels say no to Colombian military role in peace

09/01/2014 17:12 GMT

HAVANA, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Leftist FARC guerrillas in peace talks aimed at ending a five-decade conflict rejected Monday a Colombian plan to put the military in charge of disarming the rebels.

"There is no way" that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia will accept a military role "to resolve issues that are of political nature by definition," top rebel negotiator Ivan Marquez told reporters.

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Finding the Missing in Colombia

“The last time he called us, my son Arcesio* said that he was coming to see us,” said Ancízar Osorio in a faltering voice. That was eight years ago.

In Osorio’s country of Colombia, disappearances are a tragic normality; some 68,000 people are currently missing. Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of people have disappeared as a consequence of armed conflict, natural disaster or migration. For those left behind facing a future uncertainty, the Red Cross is often their last hope for answers.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


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The Effects of Drought in La Guajira

The prolonged drought in the Department of La Guajira in recent years has exacerbated the levels of undernutrition within the population, including children under 5 years of age. La Guajira is currently on alert due to the prevalent effects of food scarcity, lack of water and livelihoods insecurity. The World Food Programme (WFP) offers its support to the Government of Colombia.

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FARC negotiator says disarming will be 'long process'

08/26/2014 20:36 GMT

by Francisco JARA

HAVANA, August 26, 2014 (AFP) - Colombia's FARC guerrillas will not give up their weapons at once, and need guarantees from the government to disarm, a negotiator said Tuesday as the peace process marked two years.

Cementing a ceasefire and disarming the leftist rebel group are among the thorniest topics remaining in the talks, the fourth and most promising attempt so far to end the 50-year-old conflict.

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Interview with Rosa Emilia Salamanca

Insight on Conflict’s Heather McLoughlin interviews Rosa Emilia Salamanca, Director of Corporación de Investigación y Acción Social y Económia (CIASE), Colombia. CIASE is a Colombian peacebuilding organisation with a particular focus on women’s rights and strengthening public policy. Ms Salamanca is one of the founders of Colombian National Women’s Network and coordinates the Women Peace and Security Collective. She is currently engaging with the two newly appointed women on the Colombian government’s peace negotiating panel.

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Breakthroughs and Hurdles in Colombia’s Peace Talks

Analysis by Constanza Vieira

BOGOTA, Aug 25 2014 (IPS) - Three major advances were made over the last week in the peace talks that have been moving forward in Cuba for nearly two years between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas, while the decades-old civil war rages on.

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IOM, USAID Transfer Information Tool for Reintegration of Ex-Combatants to Colombia

Colombia - IOM Colombia is this week handing over its Monitoring, Support, and Evaluation system (SAME by its Spanish acronym), used to register demobilized ex-combatants, to government counterparts.

Over the past 10 years SAME has registered 56,510 ex-combatants in national government databases. This is seen by the government as a vital step to achieve the successful reintegration of demobilized ex-combatants into the social and economic life of the country.

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Colombia names general to head ceasefire committee

08/21/2014 21:51 GMT

BOGOTA, August 21, 2014 (AFP) - Colombia named its top general on Thursday to lead a committee tasked with hammering out a ceasefire proposal as peace negotiations with the FARC rebel group entered a crucial phase.

President Juan Manuel Santos ordered Javier Florez, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, to lead the committee of five military officers charged with finding a workable deal to halt the 50-year-old conflict.

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OAS Permanent Council Received Report of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Presidential and Legislative Elections in Colombia

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today received the verbal report of the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) that accompanied the first and second round of the presidential elections and the parliamentary elections in Colombia, conducted in May, June and March 2014.

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Victims of Colombia's armed conflict testify

08/17/2014 01:03 GMT

HAVANA, August 17, 2014 (AFP) - Victims of the decades-old conflict pitting FARC rebels against government forces testified at peace talks Saturday, pushing for "truth" to form the foundation of any accord.

The 12 victims, some of whom came face-to-face with representatives of the perpetrators for the first time, testified during a closed-door session that lasted nearly nine hours.

"During the day, we agreed that truth is the basis for peace," they said in a statement presented to the press by six of the victims.

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