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Colombia: New report highlights dire situation for displaced afro-Colombians

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 4 April 2012
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Colombia: New report highlights dire situation for displaced afro-Colombians, 4 April 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f7d66a92.html [accessed 23 April 2014]
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A report released on 29 March by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) highlighted grave concerns for afro-Colombian IDPs in the department of Chocó, Colombia. WOLA reports that afro-Colombian communities have fled, been trapped or confined by threats and violence by the country's armed groups. Once displaced, they face assassination or forced recruitment by paramilitary groups, as well as discrimination while accessing government support such as housing and income generation.

This report is particularly concerning as Chocó has a predominantly afro-Colombian population. According to the latest census, 82% of the population in Chocó is afro-Colombian. According to UN OCHA in January and February of 2012, 20 mass displacements took place in Chocó, Cauca, and Nariño, most of which affected afro-Colombian or indigenous communities. This suggests that afro-Colombians and other minorities are being particularly targeted by armed groups in these areas.

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