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The ICRC in Colombia

An ICRC team travels by canoe up the river Ispí to visit the municipality of Roberto Payan (Nariño). The ICRC helps the resident population affected by the conflict through agricultural and basic sanitation projects.

Colombia is the largest ICRC operation in the Americas. The ICRC's work in Colombia involves protecting civilians, helping displaced persons and conflict-affected communities, visiting detainees, promoting international humanitarian law, helping people affected by weapons contamination and cooperating with the Colombian Red Cross and other Movement components active in Colombia. >>Read full overview.


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Thousands of Colombians endured the grim reality of armed violence in 2013. The ICRC helped 235,000 of them improve their living conditions. 

Facts and Figures

Between January and December 2013, the ICRC:

  • facilitated the release of 16 civilians, including two Peruvians, two Germans, one Canadian and one American, and nine members of the security forces who were being held by armed groups;
  • monitored the conditions of 97,00 detainees in State detention facilities;
  • provided individual and community-based aid to 26,000 displaced people;
  • improved access to essential water and sanitation services and community health and education facilities for more than 20,500 people affected by the armed conflict;
  • worked with the Colombian Red Cross to educate 12,000 people about the dangers of weapon contamination, thereby reducing the risk of accidents;
  • set up and supported two mobile health units in which 6,900 people were treated;
  • documented 617 cases of alleged violations of international humanitarian law and other fundamental rules.

The ICRC has 353 staff members in Colombia, including 55 expatriate staff.