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| 4/20/2009 12:00:00 AM

Colombia: civilians continue to pay a heavy price for the conflict

Apr 20 -- The armed conflict in Colombia continues to take a heavy toll on tens of thousands of civilians enduring death threats, direct attacks or the threat of forced recruitment, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned today.

In 2008, the ICRC provided over 73,000 displaced people with food and household items, a 10% increase over 2007. This increase is partly due to the fact that the ICRC and the Colombian Red Cross have improved their ability to reach displaced families in the conflict-affected south-western state of Nariño. However, the number of families on the run has also increased because of the presence of new armed groups in certain parts of the country, which has led to more clashes over control of territory.

"Sadly, far too many civilians in Colombia continue to be targeted by weapon bearers," said Christophe Beney, the head of the ICRC's Colombia delegation. "In 2008 the ICRC documented over 1,600 alleged violations of international humanitarian law, including 300 summary executions, 205 direct attacks against civilians, 289 disappearances and 83 instances of forced displacement. These statistics make it clear that the parties to the conflict are not doing enough to ensure that their fighters spare and protect civilians and those no longer participating in hostilities."
 
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