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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 IRIN

BAIDOA, 12 August 2009 (IRIN) – Isack Abdinor Satar, 80, remembers a green and lush Baidoa, in south-western Somalia, with waterfalls in areas that are now the town’s suburbs.

Over the years, population pressure, drought and changing weather patterns have caused most of these waterfalls and springs to dry up, totally changing the town’s vegetation cover and ushering in perennial water shortages.

“In my youth, water was really available any time, anywhere in town,” Satar said. “Water flowed in different directions from various sources but all these have now dried up. I think drought has seriously affected all water sources in Bay region.” (more…)

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Mental illness in Iraq rises as care falters
By Erica Goode
International Herald Tribune

In a different time, in another country, where violence and terror did not stalk the streets, Dr. Amir Hussain could practice psychiatry the way he once hoped to.

He can see it in his mind: the clean, tastefully decorated hospital wards, the well-stocked pharmacies, the gleaming laboratory equipment, the thickly carpeted consulting rooms, the halfway houses and outreach teams that help chronically ill patients reestablish their lives outside the hospital. (more…)

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