Colombia's Internally Displaced Continue to Struggle After Decades of War

by Teo Ballvé

FSRN, Radio Report, May 20, 2009

Colombia's decades-long civil war has produced a massive humanitarian crisis. The country has the largest internal refugee population in the world after Sudan's. Forced displacement in Colombia reached almost unprecedented proportions in 2008, the second-worst year on record. Behind the numbers is an array factors, from a renewed government offensive against armed groups, to the changing dynamics of the drug trade.

Partial research support for this report was provided by the Puffin Foundation Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute.


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