Vistahermosa, literally translated to mean Beautiful View, is a region located in Colombia’s Meta department in the south-eastern part of the country. For 50 years Vistahermosa has been marred by the ugliness of war. The population has experienced the worst of the on-going violent conflict between Paramiliatries, Government forces and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP). As a result, the region has the highest number of landmine victims in Colombia and the people living here have mostly forgotten what peace feels like.
On June 8th, NPA Colombia was threatened by an armed group and told to immediately leave the area of Santa Helena, Meta, where NPA's regional basecamp is located.
One of NPA’s vehicles was set on fire by the group, claiming to be FARC dissidents who do not want demining to take place. All NPA staff were quickly evacuated and are safe and uninjured.
10 years later, Lebanon’s legacy of landmine and cluster munition contamination is still affecting the lives of the Lebanese people.
As areas of Mosul are liberated from ISIS control, Norwegian People’s Aid partner organisations are the first to arrive with emergency aid.
“People are happy to have their freedom, but the mood remains tense”, says NPA Program Manager Umelto Labetubun.
Norwegian People’s Aid works with the Kurdish Human Rights Organization (KHRO) and Zhya Organization to respond to the needs of civilians in neighbourhoods of Mosul immediately following the expulsion of ISIS by Iraqi and Kurdish forces.
On December 21 and 22, Norwegian People’s Aid, together with the The Mine Action Authority (DAICMA), the Humanitarian Demining Brigade (BIDES), the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) and the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, carried out the technical handover of the cleared areas in the Vereda El Orejón in the municipality of Briceño, which is located at the northeast of Colombia, after clearing 19,849 m2 and destroying 46 anti-personnel mines.
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Norwegian People's Aid is a humanitarian organisation rooted in the Norwegian Labour Movement. We work with International Development Partnerships, Humanitarian Mine Action, Rescue Service and First Aid, and Asylum and Integration. Norwegian People's Aid has about 12000 members in Norway and 2400 staff worldwide. We work in 36 countries around the world, and in 2017 we will have an expected turnover of 1000 MNOK.
Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) has been a leading actor in the humanitarian mine action since 1992.
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