Colombia

Colombia: UN agency voices renewed concern over mass displacements from conflict

Fighting between irregular armed groups in southern Colombia, threats and targeted killings of civilians are continuing to sow tension in a region where more than 9,000 people have been forced to flee their homes this year, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Colombia’s laws protecting displaced persons not fully applied, UN expert says

Millions of displaced persons in Colombia do not enjoy the full rights to which they are entitled under the country’s “commendable” laws and policies, a top United Nations expert on the issue said after a mission there that ends today.

World must pay greater attention to ‘invisible tragedy’ of Colombia’s displaced – UN

With 2.5 million Colombians displaced by the country’s four-decades-long civil war and more people joining their ranks every year, a senior United Nations refugee official has called for greater international efforts to help alleviate what she called an invisible humanitarian tragedy.

Colombia: UN calls on world to pay more attention to millions displaced by civil war

With more than 2 million internally displaced people (IDPs) uprooted by Colombia’s decades-long civil war and hundreds of thousands more seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, the United Nations refugee agency is calling for more international attention to be paid to the humanitarian crisis.

Colombia: UN refugee agency ‘extremely concerned’ at new violence against civilians

Expressing new alarm at the impact of more than four decades of conflict on Colombia’s civilians, the United Nations refugee agency today voiced “extreme concern” at increasing violence over the past two weeks in the south of the Andean country, where 15 people have been killed, some of them in fighting between irregular armed

Colombian indigenous leaders flee to Panama after death threats, UN agency reports

Voicing renewed concern at the impact of Colombia’s four decades of civil conflict on its indigenous communities, with smaller groups threatened with extinction, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today that nearly 50 Wounaan people, seven of them leaders, had fled to neighbouring Panama in fear for their lives.

Ecuador: UN agency appeals for just $10 a head to help Colombian refugees

The United Nations refugee agency is appealing for just $69,000 by the end of the month – a mere $10 per person – to help 7,200 Colombians who have fled into Ecuador from violence in their homeland.

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.