Reference : V-P-CO-E-02516
Date : 31/05/2013
Country/Region : COLOMBIA
Caption : Bogota, Ciudad Bolivar. An ICRC employee talks with a beneficiary family inside their house.
Photographer : ROMENZI, Alessio
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Facts and figures ICRC in Colombia from the ICRC web:
Colombia is the largest ICRC operation in the Americas. The ICRC's work in Colombia involves protecting civilians, assisting displaced persons and conflict-affected communities, helping people affected by weapons contamination, supporting families of the missing, visiting detainees, promoting international humanitarian law (IHL), and cooperating with the Colombian Red Cross and other Movement members active in Colombia.

Between January and December 2013, the ICRC:
*facilitated the release of 16 civilians, including two Peruvians, two Germans, one Canadian and one American, and nine members of the security forces who were being held by armed groups;
*monitored the conditions of 97,00 detainees in State detention facilities;
*provided individual and community-based aid to 26,000 displaced people;
*improved access to essential water and sanitation services and community health and education facilities for more than 20,500 people affected by the armed conflict;
*worked with the Colombian Red Cross to educate 12,000 people about the dangers of weapon contamination, thereby reducing the risk of accidents;
*set up and supported two mobile health units in which 6,900 people were treated;
*documented 617 cases of alleged violations of international humanitarian law and other fundamental rules.

The ICRC has 353 staff members in Colombia, including 55 expatriate staff.
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