August 20, 2008 | admin | Tagged as: Colombia, Americas, Humanitarian Response
The town of Sanchez, Colombia, lies right on the banks of the River Patia. The river, a major narco-trafficking highway, cuts through the Andes and leads out to the Pacific Ocean. It has historically been an epicenter of political violence. Controlled by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) until recently, the River Patia area has seen intense fighting between illegal armed groups since 2003, with a major massacre in 2006. To date, over 1,000 people are estimated to have been murdered along the river.
August 14, 2008 | Erin Weir | Tagged as: Somalia
In March, Refugees International advocate Patrick Duplat and I called Somalia the most neglected humanitarian crisis in the world. In the four months since we returned from Somalia, the situation on the ground has become precipitously worse -- over 2.6 million Somalis are in need of aid, and roughly 91,000 people were displaced from their homes by violence in June alone. Aid workers are being killed and kidnapped in unprecedented numbers, and violence has reached a level of intensity not seen since the crisis of the early 1990’s.
August 11, 2008 | Patrick Duplat | Tagged as: Somalia
In late January 2008, three aid workers from the international medical aid agency Doctors without Borders were killed in the city of Kismayo in southern Somalia. A remote-controlled explosive device was detonated as they drove back from the hospital where they worked.