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04 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

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  • The WASH cluster, under the lead of UNICEF, provided safe drinking water and hygiene promotion messaging to 175,905 people and 41,400 people benefited from proper management of excreta and solid waste systems including 10,000 children in schools and rural households. Specifically,
    UNICEF supported 5,369 person benefited from access to safe water.

04 Aug 2015 description
report Washington Post

By Joshua Partlow and Julia Symmes Cobb

BOGOTA, Colombia — The process of ending Colombia’s half-century war with leftist guerrillas has been its own multiyear struggle of halting talks, aborted cease-fires, frustration and distrust.

Deadly attacks by both sides and escalating rhetoric threw the process into doubt earlier this year, but experts say recent moves signal that a settlement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, could be within reach.

04 Aug 2015 description

Pilar Domingo, Alina Rocha Menocal and Verónica Hinestroza

The Colombian case is an example of progress in women’s empowerment in the face of formidable and continuing challenges. Progress is identified in relation to: legal gains for women’s rights and gender equality; women’s presence and representation in public and elected positions; the advancement of a gender-responsive approach to addressing the legacies of conflict and associated mechanisms of memorialisation, reparations, restitution and transitional justice.

04 Aug 2015 description

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination this morning heard from representatives of non-governmental organizations from Colombia and Costa Rica, ahead of its review of their reports later this week.

04 Aug 2015 description

At the closing of a round of peace talks with the Colombian government in Havana, the delegation head of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), Iván Márquez, announced that the guerrilla group will release minors under the age of 15 from its ranks.

Márquez stressed the renewal of hope over the progress made in the works concluded yesterday, however adding that “the state should take into consideration a unilateral truce in attacks against political and social opposition leaders”, which President Juan Manuel Santos has so far excluded.

29 Jul 2015 description

Did you know that approximately one in ten people in Colombia is internally displaced persons (IDPs)? Here are eight facts to understand the food and nutrition situation in Colombia and the World Food Programme's (WFP) activities to address this issue. Please help WFP raise awareness by sharing these facts on Twitter.

1) In 2014, it was estimated that 5.9 million Colombians are internally displaced. The second largest concentration of IDPs in the world, after Syria.

28 Jul 2015 description

In 2002 Maria Oneida Julio (34) had to flee the town of El Carmen in Colombia with her mother and children. After 13 years and being forced to flee one additional time, Maria found her way to the Norwegian Refugee Council´s (NRC) education program which opened up a door of opportunity for the single mother.

28 Jul 2015 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Tuesday 7/28/2015 - 14:57 GMT

Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Tuesday praised President Juan Manuel Santos' decision to suspend air strikes against rebel forces, but urged further steps to de-escalate the half-century-old conflict.

Santos ordered the stand-down on Saturday, five days after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC by its Spanish acronym, resumed a unilateral ceasefire.

28 Jul 2015 description

Venezuela: “A Message of Peace Through Music”

26 Jul 2015 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Sunday 7/26/2015 - 05:40 GMT

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday ordered a halt to air strikes against the Marxist-inspired FARC rebels, giving a major boost to stop-start peace talks.

It comes just two days after the Colombian government and the FARC resumed talks following months of stagnation at the negotiating table and fighting on the battlefield.

The talks designed to end the 50-year conflict -- Latin America's oldest insurgency -- have been dragging on since November 2012.

24 Jul 2015 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Friday 7/24/2015 - 17:11 GMT

Colombia's FARC guerrillas on Friday said they were not seeking impunity for members accused of war crimes in the decades-long conflict, Latin America's longest running insurgency.

Speaking at a fresh round of peace talks in Havana aimed at ending the conflict, a negotiator from the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said the group was not seeking to absolve accused war criminals.

23 Jul 2015 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Thursday 7/23/2015 - 15:16 GMT

Colombia and FARC rebels resumed peace talks Thursday with a new commitment to make progress after months of stagnation at the negotiating table and fighting on the battlefield.

The talks designed to end a 50-year-old conflict that includes Latin America's last and oldest insurgency have been dragging on since November 2012.

23 Jul 2015 description

Violence often breeds more violence. And that is what Catalina has experienced since she was displaced from her small farm outside of the city of Medellin. Forced to flee with her small daughter, then two years old.

21 Jul 2015 description

Colombia - National and international experts from the Colombian government, international organizations, academia and civil society have met in Bogota to discuss the risks faced by child migrants.

The meeting, organized by IOM Colombia with USAID support, was led by the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF), Migración Colombia (the Colombian government agency in charge of border control), and the Pontifical Javeriana University.

20 Jul 2015 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | 7/21/2015 - 01:30 GMT

by Alina DIESTE

War-weary Colombia celebrated Monday the start of a FARC rebel ceasefire after a half-century of hostilities, with hopes still high that its fragile peace process can hold.

Marxist FARC guerrillas freed a captive soldier Sunday in an apparent goodwill gesture hours before they started observing the unilateral ceasefire.

20 Jul 2015 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Sunday 7/19/2015 - 17:33 GMT

by Roser TOLL

Colombia's FARC guerrillas freed a captive soldier Sunday in an apparent good will gesture hours before they start observing a unilateral ceasefire.

Colombians who have endured a half-century of bloodshed that has claimed 220,000 lives hope the truce will invigorate a slow-moving peace process and lead to a bilateral ceasefire with the government and eventually the end of the war.

16 Jul 2015 description

Situation Overview

Colombia faces persistent humanitarian needs resulting from the impact of armed conflict and violence, combined with natural disasters in certain areas. While armed conflict continues between the government and the guerrilla groups (FARC-EP and ELN), other sources of violence such as post-demobilization armed groups (PDAGs) , pose major humanitarian and protection challenges.

15 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

By Lorenzo Morales

BOGOTA, 15 July 2015 (IRIN) - This week’s commitment by government and guerrilla forces to de-escalate Colombia’s conflict has renewed hopes of a peace agreement that would finally end the world’s longest-running war. But peace alone will not solve the country’s massive humanitarian crisis, which has only worsened in recent months amid an upsurge in fighting.