Assistence for displaced people in Colombia
Colombia has got four million people who are displaced. The government pays insufficient attention to their problems. They have organized themselves to stand up for their rights. CND (National Coordination team of Displaced people) is a national network of displaced people's organisations. CND helps protect their interests. ICCO and Kerk in Actie support CND's work.
People who were forced to become displaced unite themselves
In Colombia a lot of people have been forced to leave their house due to violence. Most displaced people leave for Bogotá and its surroundings. They often encounter violence caused by par militants all over again once they are there. The government does very little to help them. That is why displaced people set up their own organisations to improve their situation. Within the Cundinamarca department these groups have united themselves into the MIGD network. ICCO and Kerk in Actie support that network.
Threatened communities become more able-bodied
Choco is Colombia's poorest province, which is espeicially inhabited by African-Colombians. The region is hit by a conflict which has been going on for over thirty years, in this Southern American country. Seventy villages in the south of Choco are threatened by displacement or are already displaced due to the conflict, drugs trafficking, exploitation of natural resources and exclusion from government assistance.
Education for working and displaced children
On the market in the southern part of Bogotá child labour- sometimes in its most harsh forms- is a daily occurrence. It mostly affects children who are displaced due to the conflict. It is one of the country's most violent areas. In recent years militant groups have acquired control of the area. They try to maintain their power by using terror.
New independence for displaced people in Bogotá
Colombia has been dealing with a permanent influx of internally displaced people for years. The majority resides in the capital, Bogotá. They often become victimised all over again by armed groups. This occurs in the neighbourhoods where they start to live. In theory the law should protect them. The government however, believes they are unwanted and hardly takes any action to improve their situation. Colombian non-governmental organisation Mencoldes helps them. ICCO and Kerk in Actie supports Mencoldes.
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