Colombia

Colombia: OCHA Weekly Humanitarian Report No. 50, 14 - 20 Dec 2009

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Follow up: Increasing flow of IDPs in Cauca Department

On 12 December, for the third time in the last month, people form the rural areas of Argelia Municipality, displaced towards the urban area.

According to the Early Warning System of the Ombudsman's Office, an overall deterioration in the security situation related to the presence of an illegal armed group is triggering the displacements. So far, 332 persons (101 families) have arrived in the urban area from the towns (corregimientos) of Bolivia, Betania and Florida. IDPs (99 men, 91 women, 62 boys and 80 girls) are staying in a temporary shelter installed by the municipality and with their relatives. On 21 December the Early Warning System informed OCHA that an undetermined number of people form Argelia displaced during the weekend to the nearby municipality of Policarpa (Nariño Department). In Argelia, the Local Committee for IDPs assistance activated the contingency plan to respond to the emergency and is providing humanitarian assistance with the support of ICRC. As for the IDPs that arrived in Policarpa (Nariño), no humanitarian assistance has been provided so far. The situation in the area is of concern.

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