Colombia

UN Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie hands out Xmas gifts to Colombian refugees

United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie and fellow actor Brad Pitt spent Christmas in Costa Rica handing out presents to Colombian refugee children and their families while spotlighting the plight of those who have been forced to flee conflict in the South American country.

Turn guns into guitars, UN tells Colombia in campaign against violence, arms trafficking

In biblical days the injunction was to beat swords into ploughshares. Now the United Nations crime-fighting agency is calling on Colombia, with one of the highest homicide rates in the world, to do more to crack down on organized crime and arms trafficking, citing one initiative that turns guns into guitars.

Colombia: UN refugee agency welcomes draft law aimed at helping displaced people

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the introduction of a draft law to aid displaced people in Colombia, the country which has the largest population of agency concern with 3 million people driven from their homes by more than 40 years of fighting between the Government, leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries.

Colombia: crisis looms as thousands of civilians caught up in fighting, UN warns

After months of deterioration, the humanitarian situation in parts of southern Colombia has reached a critical stage, with thousands of civilians caught up in fighting or forced to flee, the United Nations refugee agency warned today in its latest alert on a country where more than four decades of conflict have driven 3 million people from their homes.

Colombia: UN refugee agency voices fresh alarm for civilians caught in armed conflict

Dozens of Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities in Colombia are at risk because of an upsurge in violence, the United Nations refugee agency said today in the latest of a series of recent warnings about the ongoing impact of more than four decades of civil conflict that have already driven 3 million people from their homes.

Continuing presence of Colombian child soldiers sparks appeal by UN agency

Alarmed by the lack of progress in demobilizing Colombia’s child soldiers and the rising number of accidents there involving landmines, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appealed today for more than $2.5 million to carry out its work in the South American country.

Colombia: UN concerned as thousands flee new clashes between army and irregulars

The United Nations refugee agency today raised a new alarm over the number of Colombians driven from their homes by clashes between Government forces and irregular armed groups in the north-eastern Catatumbo region of a country where more than four decades of war have already displaced at least 2.5 million people.

Colombia: UN agency calls for investigation into murder of 5 indigenous people

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is calling for a thorough investigation into the murders of five Awá indigenous people in Colombia on Wednesday – a attack which directly followed the agency’s appeal to warring parties to leave those groups out of their conflict.

More families flee unrest near Colombia’s border with Panama, UN refugee agency says

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has said that increasing numbers of families are fleeing unrest near Colombia’s border with Panama.

Violence in Colombia traps scores of civilians, UN refugee agency says

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern about the fate of thousands of civilians are caught up in fighting and violence in two of Colombia's Pacific Coast departments, including scores who are trapped and unable to flee to safety.