Colombia

Hundreds more flee fighting in Colombia, UN refugee agency reports

In yet another humanitarian crisis arising from Colombia’s four-decade-long civil turmoil, hundreds of people are fleeing heavy fighting between the army and one of the Andean country’s irregular armed groups in the south-western department of Nariño, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

UNICEF seeks more funds to help children caught in Colombia’s civil conflict

Facing a serious funding shortfall for its activities in Colombia, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appealed for more than $4 million to protect former child soldiers and prevent additional recruitment in the country’s decades-old civil war, provide life-saving aid to displaced people and increase de-mining.

Colombia: UN agency again voices concern for indigenous communities

For the second time this week, the United Nations refugee agency today voiced alarm for indigenous communities in Colombia, where more than 1,700 Wounaan are fleeing their ancestral land after two of their leaders were killed by members of an irregular armed group in northwestern Chocó region.

Colombia: UN right offices again condemns leftist rebels for murder of civilians

United Nations human rights officials have yet again condemned leftist rebel attacks on civilians, this time deploring the murder of two local government councillors, allegedly by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army (FARC-EP) and the National Liberation Army (ELN).

Colombia’s indigenous communities face extinction, UN agency warns

A humanitarian emergency is looming among Colombia’s indigenous communities, with some threatened with extinction in the South American country’s decades-long civil conflict, as irregular armed groups encroach upon their land, even torturing and killing their leaders, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.