Colombia’s forgotten refugees
23 June 2010
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.
Luz Miriam Anzola was forced from her home in Colombia and she now receives support from Caritas in Bogotá.
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.
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