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The year 2013 saw one crisis after another – in Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Syria and its neighbours. Populations in Myanmar, the Philippines and South Sudan also required specific emergency responses. The ICRC has managed to maintain and gain proximity to vulnerable people; in some instances, it has been one of the very few actors on the ground, particularly in remote areas (e.g. CAR, parts of Somalia and South Sudan, northern Nigeria). It has been requested to act as a neutral intermediary by parties to the conflict, for example in the release of people held by armed groups in Colombia (by the beginning of November 2013, 22 people had been returned to their families) or to facilitate dialogue between parties on missing persons (e.g. Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, the Southern Caucasus). In some instances however, governments limited the ICRC’s capacity to respond to humanitarian needs resulting from conflicts or other situations of violence.