Sexual violence used to scare people in Colombia

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Margot Wallström, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, hears heartbreaking stories of survivors of sexual violence in Colombia

Sexual violence is being used by illegal armed groups in Colombia as a weapon to scare and subjugate communities in areas where these groups operate.

That's the testimony a senior United Nations official heard from women who have been raped in the department of Meta, about 100 kilometres from the capital, Bogotá.

Margot Wallström, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, is on an official mission to the South American country.

At the end of her visit to Meta, Ms. Wallström gave her impressions of the disparities she observed in Colombia.

“Colombia has presented its contrasts in many ways, a very good legislation, for example, introduced also during the past few years but, of course, a lack of capacity and not always an implementation that is complete. We see richness and so many assets but at the same time many people are very poor. And I think also we see a lot of efforts from the government and authorities but also a lot of unmet needs."

(Duration: 28")

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