Colombia: Humanitarian Bulletin 14 March - 10 April 2011

Situation Report
Originally published



Complex Emergency

  • Forced displacement: The Pacific region continues to be most affected, with more than 1,000 IDPs reported in the period covered. In particular the municipality of El Charco faces a humanitarian crisis, due to ongoing mass displacements and significant gaps in the provision of assistance. Thousands more were displaced in the Departments of Córdoba, Bolívar, Norte de Santander, Antioquia and Nariño, following threats and killings as a result of armed hostilities as well as activities of new illegal armed groups.

  • Protection Concerns: The situation of civilians in northern and eastern Cauca Department is worsening. Forced recruitments, targeting of civilians, occupation of schools and displacements continue to be reported by indigenous authorities who are calling for urgent prevention and protection measures. In Chocó, Afro-Colombian and indigenous children are disproportionally affected by malnutrition, lack of medical assistance and forced recruitment.

Natural Disasters

  • Flooding: The rainy season continues with thousands affected and above-normal rains, caused by the La Niña phenomenon. On 5 April, Refugees International issued a statement expressing serious concerns about persisting gaps in the assistance provided to floods victims, particularly in the Departments of Atlántico and Córdoba.
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