Fighting between FARC and army causing ‘humanitarian crisis’ in southwest Colombia

Posted on Apr 7 2014 - 1:38pm by Rico
(Photo: ONIC)

Almost 700 people have been displaced from a municipality on Colombia’s Pacific coast since March 15 when the army and the country’s largest rebel group FARC began intense fighting in the area. 

The fighting is taking place in Guapi, a coastal municipality in the Cauca state.

The ombudsman of the municipality said his municipality is facing a “humanitarian crisis” as the number of displaced people doubled from last week when hundreds were displaced already.

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The town of Guapi is now home to 669 displaced people from the surrounding rural areas. People are temporary living in the House of Culture, the Agrarian Bank and property of the local church.

“Part of the population is housed in the Cultural Center of Guapi, whose infrastructure is not made for this purpose. Besides, considering the recurrence of massive displacement in this municipality,a housing space with sufficient conditions and  equipment to attend this kind of emergencies is urgently needed,” the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Sunday.

The victims will not be able to return to their homes as long as the combat is ongoing. However, they are impatient to going back to their homes and land. “There is a lot of fear but what we need is help from the government so that we can live off the land and provide for our children,” one of the victims told Radio RCN.

Guapi, Cauca


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