Colombia population movement
Aid workers working along the Colombia-Venezuela border are warning of rising vulnerabilities among people crossing the border and are calling on the international community to increase support for humanitarian efforts.
An estimated 796,000 people entered Colombia from Venezuela through official migration points in 2017. The volume of people on the move has already triggered regional repercussions, with many people now crossing from Colombia into Ecuador and Brazil, and from there to countries further south including Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina.
“We are increasingly concerned about this situation, and we believe that additional, urgent action needs to be taken to ensure that people can access basic services and support,” said Walter Cotte, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Regional Director for the Americas.
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In Valledupar’s suburbs, Colombia, a group of people gets together every week sitting at the front of one of the houses in Bello Horizonte’s neighbourhood.
Andreina is one of the thirty women that take part in the psychosocial support activities for Zika organized by the Colombian Red Cross in the Bello Horizonte Community.
As the population on the move has increased, there has been a corresponding escalation in humanitarian needs.
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