PhilippinesColombia is the fourth-largest country in South America and one of the continent’s most populous nations. For decades it has been ravaged by violent conflict between the Government and guerrilla groups (FARC, ELN[1] and new armed groups). On average 200,000 people are newly displaced every year in Colombia due to conflict and violence. The country is also becoming increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters. Devastating floods affected some 4 million people from April 2010 to mid-2011, including those who were already internally displaced and other vulnerable communities. Driven by a growing economy and strong executive and legislative focus, Colombia is now aspiring to overcome socio-economic inequality and heal the wounds of its long-standing armed conflict. OCHA Colombia is working to support Government efforts through versatile, creative and dynamic responses in coordination, preparedness and response, and information management. OCHA complements the Government’s response by providing assistance and protection in areas out of its reach, and by promoting the respect for international humanitarian law and human rights.

[1]Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and National Liberation Army (ELN)


Most internally displaced people in Colombia migrate to large cities. In the Ciudad Bolívar area of Bogotá, new families arrive every day hoping to find safety and start a new life. © ICRC/Christoph von Toggenburg