Colombia

UN-backed project helps Colombian refugees and Ecuadorians realize business dreams

A micro-credit system in Ecuador set up by the United Nations and a local foundation is fostering harmonious relations between Colombian refugees and the local population as the two groups work together to bring their small business dreams to fruition, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.

Colombia’s indigenous people seriously threatened by Government-rebel conflict

Voicing new concern over Colombia’s decades-long civil conflict, which has already displaced 2 million people, the United Nations refugee agencies warned today that the country’s 1 million indigenous people are being badly affected, and entire communities could disappear after being forced to flee their traditional lands.

Colombia: UN agency hails $2.2 billion commitment to displaced persons

The United Nations refugee agency today hailed the Colombian Government's five-year commitment of $2.2 billion for the protection and assistance of 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) driven from their homes by four decades of fighting between government forces, leftist rebels and rightist paramilitaries.