UN issues alerts for increase in humanitarian emergencies in 17 departments

UN issues alerts for increase in humanitarian emergencies in 17 departments
UN issues alerts for increase in humanitarian emergencies in 17 departments

CI.- The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) expressed its concern about the increase in forced displacement and confinement of the population in 17 Colombian departments.

On July 4, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned of an increase in displacement and confinement in 2024 and 2023.

According to OCHA, every 2 days there is a humanitarian emergency, mainly on the Pacific coast, southern Bolívar, Putumayo and Antioquia.

A humanitarian emergency every 2.5 days

The UN agency said that since 2023, 241,900 people have been affected by 225 mass displacements and 117 population lockdowns.

Meanwhile, 69 lockdowns and 140 displacements were recorded in 2023. So far in 2024, 48 lockdowns and 85 displacements have occurred.

OCHA noted that the main cause of humanitarian emergencies is clashes between “Non-State Armed Groups.”

The International Organization also said that more than 62% of those affected by mass emergencies from 2023 to June 2024 belong to ethnic communities.

The humanitarian emergencies occurred in 17 departments and affected 87 municipalities. OCHA says the most affected departments were Nariño, Chocó, Cauca, Valle del Cauca, Bolívar, Antioquia, Putumayo, Arauca, Caquetá and Norte de Santander.

The report was presented by Claudia Rodríguez, Head of the OCHA Office in Colombia, at the Human Rights Commission of the Congress of the Republic on July 4.

Persecuted social leaders

Added to the serious humanitarian crisis experienced by communities in various regions of Colombia is the murder of social leaders.

According to the Institute for Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz), 1,621 social leaders have been murdered since 2016.

These crimes against social leaders occurred in 31 departments and affected 398 municipalities.

The main victims of this genocide against social leaders come from Afro-descendant peoples, environmental groups, peasants, indigenous people, LGBTQI+, land claimants, victims’ organizations, trade unionists, women’s rights organizations, youth, among others.

CI FC/05/06/2024/10:00

 
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