Humanitarian Bulletin No. 28, 14-27 November 2011
New mass displacements along the Pacífic region: More than 100 people were displaced during the period of review in Nariño, Chocó and Cauca Departments, due to threats and forced disappearances. The intensification of violence against civilians in the region, in particular by post-demobilization armed groups, is of concern. The Attorney General has initiated administrative investigations against 126 civil servants (at the local and national levels) for not providing effective and timely assistance to IDPs.
Indigenous people, land restitution leaders and teachers continue to be targeted by armed groups: Recent events evidence the urgent need to strengthen protection measures for these particularly vulnerable groups. During the period under review, indigenous people were killed in six departments. UNHCR urged for increased awareness on the situation of indigenous communities at-risk of extinction and for more effective protection measures
Second rainy season 2011: Heavy rains hit the Caribbean, Pacific and Andean regions: According to the National System for Disasters Prevention and Assistance (SNPAD), 397,000 persons were affected between 1 September and 16 November 2011. In just November, 100,000 people lost their homes and their belongings.
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