Colombia - Insecurity ( DG ECHO, UN OCHA, media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 21 January 2022)

  • In the evening of January 19, in Saravena (Arauca department), a car bomb detonated outside close to an area hosting government offices and the headquarters of a human rights body, killing one person and wounding four. This region is one of the hardest-hit by a wave of violence between the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) dissidents and the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas, with regular clashes for control over the territory.

  • This dispute has been concentrated in Arauca and Vichada departments bordering Venezuela, where around 37 people died and more than 1,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) were reported so far this year. The government has since deployed an additional 1,300 soldiers to join 5,600 already operational in the area.

  • As a consequence of this insecurity, the humanitarian situation has recently drastically deteriorated and both local authorities and humanitarian partners are assessing and coordinating the response to cover the needs in health, WASH, protection and food.