Colombia

Wilson, 10, stands in front of the CRS-supported Tamba health clinic that provides nutrition assistance to indigenous families. Photo by Jim Stipe/CRS

Wilson, 10, stands in front of the CRS-supported Tamba health clinic that provides nutrition assistance to indigenous families. Photo by Jim Stipe/CRS

Colombia's five-decade-old armed conflict and ongoing human rights violations have made it the country with the largest number of internally displaced people in the world. The armed conflict, which began in the 1960s, has displaced more than 4.7 million people. Children, women, indigenous people and Afro-Colombians, the poor and people with disabilities suffer most from displacement.

Catholic Relief Services is working to deliver humanitarian aid to Colombians and their host communities; meet needs for food and non-food assistance; provide psychological, social and legal assistance; and build the capacity of local governments to enable displaced Colombians, and the communities receiving them, to exercise their rights.

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Stats

Population:46,245,297 (July 2014 est.)
Size:439,735 sq. mi.; slightly less than twice the size of Texas
People Served:16,305

History

Catholic Relief Services has worked in Colombia for more than 50 years. In response to increased violence and widespread suffering, our work now focuses on capacity building for the Catholic Church’s National Social Pastoral office and support of small-scale farmers along the Colombian-Ecuador border who are impacted by the ongoing conflict. CRS and the Church in Colombia believe peace in Colombia is possible. The Colombian bishops have called for international support for a negotiated path toward peace, policies that address underlying social and economic problems, and humanitarian aid for the millions of victims of the conflict. CRS has supported these church efforts for peace in Colombia. We work with other Catholic, ecumenical and civil society organizations to increase U.S. understanding of the complex situation in Colombia and encourage advocacy that responds to our Colombian Church partners’ concerns.

Partners

The National Social Pastoral Office
Pastoral Social Ipiales and Pastoral Social Pasto
Fundación Carcafé

Programs

Agriculture
Civil Society and Governance
Peacebuilding


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