Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Humanitarian aid for population affected by the Colombian armed conflict (ECHO/WWD/BUD/2014/01000) Last update: 15/10/2013 Version: 1

Report
from European Commission Humanitarian Aid department
Published on 15 Oct 2013 View Original

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2014/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 13 029 000

  1. CONTEXT

ECHO's Integrated Analysis Framework for 2013-14 identified high humanitarian needs in Colombia. The vulnerability of the population affected by the crisis is assessed to be very high.

The protracted armed conflict in Colombia continues to cause a major, evolving, humanitarian crisis. Best estimates show that some 4.7 to 5.5 million people have been forcibly displaced since 1985. Moreover, every year some 100 000 to 200 000 people are violently coerced to leave their homes and livelihoods. While many try to seek safer areas within Colombia, many others have no choice but to leave the country requesting asylum in neighbouring states. Compounding an already grave situation, organized armed groups of various origins also impose severe restriction of movement on a large proportion of the civilian population, confining thousands who have not yet been displaced or have returned.

While the core of the severe humanitarian situation in Colombia still responds largely to a classical non-international armed conflict, other forms of intense violence are emerging, giving rise to needs to which humanitarian agencies are seeking to respond.

There has been a continuous government effort to address the registration, recognition and assistance of the conflict victims; most notably through the so- called June 2011 “Victim ́s Law” that recognizes the victims’ right to emergency aid, including land restoration rights. Nevertheless, much-needed relief assistance provided to the victims, remains insufficient and severe unmet humanitarian needs continue to be documented, particularly in rural zones.