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Colombia displacement

Updated: Thu, 29 Aug 2013

Introduction

Decades of conflict have turned Colombia into one of the world's worst humanitarian hotspots, with tens of thousands of people caught up in the crossfire between government troops, leftist rebels, cocaine smugglers and groups linked to former far-right paramilitaries.

Threats, intimidation, assassinations and massacres have forced nearly 5 million people from their homes since 1985, according to government figures. Some 200,000 people have been killed since the start of the conflict. 

Hardline government policies – popular with many for cutting crime but criticised by rights activists for their impact on civilians – have weakened the country's two main rebel groups.

Peace talks began in 2012 between the government and the largest rebel group FARC.  

More than 30,000 paramilitaries have disarmed, but thousands more have taken their place. 

Read the full Colombia briefing.

Decades of conflict have turned Colombia into one of the world's worst humanitarian hotspots, with tens of thousands of people caught up in the crossfire between government troops, leftist rebels, cocaine smugglers and groups linked to former far-right paramilitaries.

Threats, intimidation, assassinations and massacres have forced nearly 5 million people from their homes since 1985, according to government figures. Some 200,000 people have been killed since the start of the conflict. 

Hardline government policies – popular with many for cutting crime but criticised by rights activists for their impact on civilians – have weakened the country's two main rebel groups.

Peace talks began in 2012 between the government and the largest rebel group FARC.  

More than 30,000 paramilitaries have disarmed, but thousands more have taken their place. 

Read the full Colombia briefing.