Great progress but challenges remain in Colombia: OCHA

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John Ging

While the humanitarian situation had improved greatly in Colombia, there was still more to be done, according to John Ging, Operations Director of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

"Colombia has made huge progress in recent years, but many challenges remain," said Mr. Ging. "We as the international community must support the people of Colombia as they strive to recover from decades of conflict."

During his visit, Mr.Ging travelled to Guapi town and the remote village of Limones in Cauca Department on the Pacific Coast to see first-hand the situation of people displaced by violence and their host communities. In Guapi, families who fled fighting in nearby villages are living in desperate conditions, while the 800 residents of Limones have been displaced two years in succession by clashes between Government forces and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

John Ging said "People in places like Guapi and Limones have suffered too much for far too long", adding that "While there has been recent progress in the peace talks, there are still hundreds of thousands of people waiting for the most basic improvements in healthcare, sanitation, food security, education and livelihoods".

Mr.Ging met with local authorities and organisations assisting people in Guapi and Limones and with national authorities in Bogota.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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