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Colombia

3.5 million people have been displaced due to ongoing conflict. Help support those most in need

Country Overview

Colombia is the third most populous country in Latin America but millions of people continue to be displaced due to 50 years of conflict. An estimated 3.5 million people have been forced from their homes and uprooted from their communities. While poverty in Colombia has generally improved, there are still striking disparities in income resulting in a poverty rate of over 30%. Half a century of violence has created some 390,000 refugees seeking asylum.

In an encouraging move, however, Colombia’s government took the auspicious step of creating a new programme in 2011 that would prioritise poverty reduction among its most at-risk communities. However, that same year, intense rains led to severe flooding that affected over 3 million people across several regions, overwhelming local response capabilities. Action Against Hunger’s rapid response teams were dispatched to support the government’s efforts, distributing water storage tanks and filters, hygiene kits and equipment such as boots, hammocks and mosquito nets to thousands of affected Colombians.

 

57,968
People helped in 2016

What we are doing

Active in Colombia since 1998, Action Against Hunger has worked with vulnerable communities displaced by conflict and political instability, as well as those affected by frequent natural disasters, such as recurring floods. We work mainly in the departments of Córdoba, Nariño and Putumayo. Our long-standing activities in nutrition and health, water, sanitation and hygiene, and longer-term food security have provided life-sustaining support for tens of thousands of Colombians faced with humanitarian challenges.

Beyond our emergency response efforts, our food security, nutrition and health programmes provide a range of needed services, such as emergency food distributions, supplementary nutritional support for children, training and technical assistance in bolstering production and marketing, and support for rural health posts. Our teams are committed to continuing to assist Colombia’s vulnerable communities in their quest for improved nutrition and self-sufficiency.

 

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Photocredits: © ACF-Colombia, courtesy S. Vera

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Facts

Population
48.2 million
Poverty rate
30%