Colombia’s forgotten refugees

Luz Miriam Anzola was forced from her home in Colombia and she now receives support from Caritas in Bogotá. Credits: Jim Stipe/CRS

Luz Miriam Anzola was forced from her home in Colombia and she now receives support from Caritas in Bogotá.
Credits: Jim Stipe/CRS

More than three million people have been forced from their homes in Colombia. Fighting continues to affect people from all walks of life. The large number of displaced people hinders efforts at making peace.

While Colombia has the second largest number of internally displaced people in the world after Sudan, it still does not have the UN Security Council’s full attention.

In May, Caritas members from Europe, North America and Latin America went to NewYork to advocate for greater protection for civilians in Colombia. They met individual members of the Security Council, the General Assembly and UN agencies.

“We urgently need political will from the Security Council, neighbouring countries and the Government of Colombia to address the root causes of the conflict,“ said Caritas Internationalis Permanent Delegate to the UN, Joseph Donnelly.

Caritas Internationalis

President: Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle
Secretary General: Michel Roy

Caritas Internationalis
Palazzo San Calisto
Vatican City State
V-00120

Reception Desk: + 39 06 698 797 99
Fax: + 39 06 698 872 37
Email: caritas.internationalis@caritas.va

The office is open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm.

If you need to contact a staff member outside of office hours in a humanitarian emergency, please call + 39 334 359 0700 or email emergencies@caritas.va