Colombia: supplies brought by mule to el Tambo, Cauca

18-04-2012 Feature

It took five lorries, two carts, three hundred mules and over eight hours on the road to assist 1,114 displaced people in the municipality of El Tambo, Cauca.

The families had moved to the village of La Playa, situated at the end of a canyon on the slopes of the Cordillera Occidental mountains, after fleeing their homes because of the grenades, mortars and bullets − fired from the mountains on either side − which rained on their land.

Leaving behind their crops and animals, these 1,114 people walked for four or five hours until they reached the Playa Rica sports centre and shopping centre in the municipality of El Tambo, where they were assisted by the ICRC in overcrowded, unhygienic conditions in the midst of a diarrhoea and flu outbreak.

The families were given food, kitchen utensils and hygiene items. Workshops were held to teach them about good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of diseases. They also received guidance on services provided by the State and psychological support. In coordination with the local hospital, four pregnant women, who were at risk, were evacuated to receive emergency care.



© ICRC / M. Izard