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Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Date: 08 Sep 2010

War Victims Monitor Editor’s Note: The following is an edited overview of the International Committee of the Red Cross initiatives for war-affected civilians in Colombia.

In the lead-up to Colombia’s presidential elections in May and June 2010, clashes intensified between the police and armed forces and the FARC in the south of the country, especially in Caquetá, Cauca, Guaviare, Huila and Nariño. Thousands of Colombians living in certain rural areas are facing the consequences of the armed conflict, including limited access to basic services such as medical care, education, water and sanitation. The ICRC is carrying out a large part of its work in the 25 rural areas worst hit by the armed conflict.

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By Frank Jack Daniel

SOACHA, Colombia, June 10 (Reuters) – Spread along a muddy ridge at the edge of Bogota and populated by villagers fleeing violence, the fast-growing Altos de Cazuca slum reflects many of the problems Colombia’s next leader must tackle. (more…)

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By Frieda Berrigan, Foreign Policy in Focus

Good news is in short supply. The economy remains bleak. The war in Iraq entered its seventh year last week, and violence reaches new pinnacles in Afghanistan. But there is one bright light amid all this gloom. Real progress is being made to ban cluster munitions. These are canisters of different sizes that release hundreds of bomblets on detonation, scattering deadly devices over an area as large as several football fields.

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Land Mines in Colombia Take a Toll
By ALEX COHEN, ALEX CHADWICK
NPR

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In South America, one measure of Colombia’s long, murky internal conflict is land mines. It used to be that the military used them to battle the country’s leftist guerillas. Now the guerillas are using them. The targets are soldiers, but the victims are increasingly civilians. (more…)

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Colombia landmines blamed on Farc
By JEREMY McDERMOTT
BBC News

A US-based rights group has blamed left-wing rebels for making Colombia the country with the highest number of landmine victims in the world.

Human Rights Watch says more than 1,000 people were killed by anti-personnel mines in Colombia last year, up from less than 300 in 2001.

The Farc rebel group often places landmines in civilian areas. (more…)

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Colombian Rebels Accused of Planting Land Mines:
Report Says FARC Mines Kill, Maim More People Than in Any Other Country
By JUAN FORERO
Washington Post

BOGOTA, Colombia, July 25 — Colombia’s largest rebel group, already accused of executing 11 civilian hostages last month, faced a new charge Wednesday: A report by Human Rights Watch said the group has dramatically escalated the use of land mines, to the point that more people are killed or maimed by the devices here than in any other country in world. (more…)

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