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Continuous investment in Colombia: Essential for lasting peace Colombia

Articles and Opinion 27/09/2016
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Despite the historic agreement, there are millions of people in need of humanitarian aid.

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA – opposite the national referendum on a historic peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC which was signed today, the Organization World Mercy Corps invited international donors to continue to invest to support humanitarian relief efforts in Colombia. After 52 years of conflict there are 6.9 million internally displaced people, the highest number in the world.

"Often see outbreaks of violence, new displacement of civilians and the increase of them needs humanitarian after an agreement of peace", says Provash Budden, Director of Mercy Corps in Colombia. "While the peace agreement is positive, drug trafficking, extortion and localized crime continue to be the main causes of displacement. But often, humanitarian financing, dries as fast as the ink with which the agreement was signed. It is imperative that donors such as the United States, the European Union and the United NATIONS continue investing to persistently meet the needs that arise".

In the Department of Putumayo, Mercy Corps found that nearly the half of the population has access limited to a food proper, hygiene and housing. The situation is the same in numerous Colombian corners. Mercy Corps has helped to meet the immediate needs of more than 18,000 people across the country, as well as the provision of legal aid, psycho-social and income-generating opportunities support.

Mercy Corps also seeks continuity in the protection of minors, since thousands of young Colombians remain at risk of suffering or perpetrate violence after signed the peace agreement. Of the thousands of children that fighting in militias urban and others forces armed in Colombia, not all van to be demobilized through the agreement with the FARC.

"The peace agreement represents a monumental and optimistic development for a country trapped in five decades of conflict," said Budden. "The peace in Colombia can serve as an example for the world, especially if the community international in collaboration with the Government of Colombia established the bases for a peace lasting".

Mercy Corps has been working in Colombia since 2005 to connect to people affected by armed conflict with the resources to rebuild their lives. The organization provides humanitarian assistance, works in schools by reducing the vulnerability of youth violence, and supports land titling, agricultural value chains and natural resources.

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