Mon. Feb 17th, 2020

The OCHA alerts 3,816 people confined by fighting in western Colombia

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Friday warned of the confinement of 3,816 people for armed clashes between the public forces and the ELN guerrillas in the department of Chocó, bordering Panama.

The entity said in a statement that the fighting has affected the population of the municipality of Medio San Juan and six communities of Istmina that have not been able to access "goods, services and livelihoods."

Similarly, clashes with the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas have forced the displacement of 307 people from the Noanamá community, of which 140 are minors.

"This population moved from the municipality of Medio San Juan to the municipal capital of Istmina and they were housed in a space belonging to the General Community Council of San Juan," the information added.

The OCHA also warned of "other actions of armed violence" such as threats, intimidation and installation of antipersonnel mines in the areas near where the affected communities live.

Due to the aforementioned, the agency requested that the protection of these communities be guaranteed due to the risks of new fighting and for the provision of food to those affected.

"Needs for education in emergencies are evident, such as the reactivation of school days and protection measures for both students and teachers, because at least 1,800 children have access restrictions to educational days," OCHA said.

On July 3, the entity warned of a first confinement in the department of Chocó due to armed clashes between the Army and the ELN that affected 1,506 people, mostly from indigenous and black communities.

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