Colombia: Humanitarian bulletin No. 1, 28 Dec-3 Jan 2010

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1. More than 150 persons displaced in the Pacific Coast of Nariño Department

2. The Government of Colombia reports a reduction in the displacement trend during 2009

Displacement in Nariño Department

Rural inhabitants of the municipality of La Tola fled after the incursion of an illegal armed group

On 2 January, Acción Social reported that 31 families (nearly 150 persons) from the rural area of the municipality of La Tola (in the Pacific coast) displaced towards the urban area and the nearby municipality of El Charco. The displacement was triggered by the incursion of alleged members o an illegal armed group in the village of Tangareal, where two people were injured (one of them died afterwards). According to ICRC, 98 persons arrived in the urban area of La Tola (among which are 48 children between 2 and 13 years and 2 pregnant women). Also, 3 families were reported to arrive in the village of San Antonio (La Tola) and 5 more (approximately 15 persons) arrived in the urban area of the nearby municipality of El Charco.

IDPs are currently staying in a public facility in La Tola. Local authorities both from La Tola and El Charco and ICRC are providing humanitarian assistance for IDPs. The Local Committee for IDPs Assistance is monitoring the situation and coordinating response. Most of the population in the area belongs to Afro-descendant communities.

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