Ongoing violence forces thousands of Colombians to flee: Red Cross (Colombia)

The situation for thousands of Colombians continued to deteriorate in 2006 the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a report published Thursday at its headquarters in Geneva.


The reported cited a number of disappearances, summary executions and victims of anti-personnel mines.

The number of internally displaced people in the South American nation continued to rise as residents fled the violent fall-out from an armed conflict that has affected the country for around 40 years.

"In 2006 once again, thousands were forced to flee their homes as a result of pressure to participate in hostilities, death threats, killing of family members and the danger of being caught in crossfire," said Barbara Hintermann, head of the Red Cross delegation in Colombia. "We are deeply concerned about the growing plight of civilians in this conflict. "

In 2006, the ICRC in Colombia again noted numerous violations of international humanitarian law. Attacks against medical personnel also continued to hinder the provision of basic care for those in conflict areas who were most in need.

The Geneva-based humanitarian organization said it helped 60,000 people last year, 21 per cent more than in 2005.

Von: 29.03.2007

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