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Displaced persons in Colombia and Colombian refugees in neighbouring countries:UNHCR and ICRC action

30-09-2001 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 843, by Frédérique Prunera

Abstract of the article " Personnes déplacées en Colombie et personnes d’origine colombienne cherchant refuge dans les pays voisins "

In the course of half a century of political turmoil and civil war in Colombia, a large number of civilians have fled their homes or been forcefully removed to other places. The author gives an overview of UNHCR and ICRC activities for these internally displaced persons. While UNHCR strives mainly to strengthen their ability to cope, the ICRC specializes in direct assistance to displaced persons and pursues its traditional protection work. Action taken for Colombian refugees in neighbouring countries is also discussed.