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Colombia: ICRC assists over 2,000 displaced persons

16-04-2007 News Release

The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Bogotá

During the weekend of 14/15 April, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) mounted a new operation to help people who have fled their homes to seek safety in El Charco (Nariño), Guapi (Cauca) and Buenaventura (Valle del Cauca).

After evaluating the situation, the ICRC shipped in 21 tonnes of food and over 700 hygiene items, to cover the most urgent needs of the 470 families staying in hostels or with family and friends.

Since the first aid delivery 15 days ago, ICRC has supplied 45 tonnes of food in two shipments.

“People displaced by fighting in the region are in a very difficult situation. In some cases, four families are sharing a two-room house. In addition, they are short of food and water. Most of the displaced persons are women and children,” says Cornelia Genoni, an ICRC delegate involved in the operation.

As part of its mandate to protect and assist the victims of armed conflict, the ICRC will continue to monitor the situation, and will decide what further assistance to provide on this basis of its assessments and its criteria.

  For further information, please contact:
  Yves Heller, (+57) 1 311 491 0789
  Carlos Ríos (+57) 1 311 491 0775