Colombia: civilians blockaded after fighting between army and irregulars – UN

Cut off by an armed blockade following intense fighting in southern Colombia between irregular armed groups and the military, local communities are suffering from a severe shortage of food and other essential items, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

UN agency voices new concern for refugees from fighting in southern Colombia

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced deep concern over the “humanitarian crisis” threatening thousands of people in southern Colombia in fighting between Government and rebel forces, the latest of many recent warnings about the impact of the decades-old conflict on local communities in the South American country.