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16 Nov 2007 description

By Raymond Colitt

BRASILIA, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Scores of Indians in the Amazon who traditionally roamed freely in the jungle's thicket are seeking refuge in Brazil from advancing guerrilla fighters, loggers and oil companies.

Indians from several tribes in Peru, Colombia and Venezuela have left behind ancestral grounds to live with distant relatives in Brazil.

21 Aug 2007 description
report UN News Service

Les systèmes d'alerte précoce sont le meilleur moyen de sauver des vies et doivent être mis en oeuvre au niveau local, rappelle aujourd'hui l'agence des Nations Unies chargée de la prévention des catastrophes naturelles, alors que l'ouragan Dean est arrivé au Yucatan, au Mexique.

« Les systèmes d'alerte précoce permettent aux populations d'évacuer à l'avance et de se mettre à l'abri.

21 Aug 2007 description
report UN News Service

Early warning systems are the most efficient way to save lives in disasters such as Hurricane Dean now rampaging across Mexico and need to be further enhanced at local levels, the United Nations body seeking to mitigate their impact said today.

"Early warning systems allow populations to evacuate ahead of time and take shelter in emergency and safer buildings," UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Director Salvano Briceño stressed in a statement.

"They give Governments enough time to protect critical infrastructures such as power plants and water …

06 Jul 2007 description
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29 Jun 2007 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 29 June 2007, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR is stepping up its activities along Venezuela's border with Colombia to meet the needs of a growing number of people arriving in search of a refuge from violence and armed conflict.

As of this month, we will be running projects from two new locations on the Venezuelan side of the border: Amazonas to the south and a region known as "Sur del Lago" further to the north.

28 Feb 2007 description

(Extract)

VENEZUELA: VIOLENCE BETWEEN ARMED GROUPS TOO COMMON

On 22 February, violence between two armed left-wing Colombian groups, ELN and FARC, cost the life of a four year old girl. The incident, which took place in Apure state 10 minutes from the Colombian border, is believed to have over control of the illegal smuggling arms, petrol and cocaine believed to be worth 3.5 million euro per month.

28 Feb 2007 description

INTRODUCCIÓN

Colombia afronta desde hace más de cuarenta años un conflicto armado interno que ha profundizado las desigualdades y la pobreza en los sectores más vulnerables del país. En el marco de este conflicto han perdido la vida un promedio de 4.500 personas por año, principalmente civiles y se ha provocado el desplazamiento masivo de tres millones de personas y el refugio de cientos de miles en países fronterizos y en otros continentes.

21 Feb 2007 description

GUASDUALITO, Venezuela, February 21 (UNHCR) - Trying to go to school almost landed Mara* in jail until she got her refugee card in Venezuela. "I cried so much back then. They would not let me through at the checkpoints to go to college. The only safe way was with the official school bus," the 21-year-old Colombian recalls.

That all changed last year, when Mara became the first person to be issued with a refugee identity (ID) card in the Venezuelan state of Apure, near the Colombian border.

20 Feb 2007 description

Executive summary

This is UNHCR's supplementary appeal for internally displaced people in Colombia. The objective of UNHCR's programme is to promote protection and durable solutions for the three million displaced people in the country.

Colombia has one of the largest displaced populations in the world.

03 Jan 2007 description

GUASDUALITO, Venezuela, 3 January (UNHCR) - When Andres fled to Venezuela last year from Colombia, one of the first things he did was to call the local police to ask if he was entitled to look for work. The response was encouraging. He was told many Colombians like him lived and worked in the area. The police also gave him the phone number of UNHCR's office in Guasdualito.

In his native Arauca, Andres led an association of local farmers, or campesinos as they are known in Colombia.