Seven things you did not know yet about the conflict in Colombia and War Child’s projects

The situation in Colombia has been fragile for more than 50 years. More than a year ago the FARC settled upon a peace agreement with the Colombian government. Meanwhile, peace talks between the government and the National Liberation Army (ELN), second biggest guerrilla group of Colombia, have not led to anything yet. Here are seven things you did not know about the on-going conflict in Colombia and War Child’s work in Bogota.

Fragile Peace

  • An estimated 14,000 Colombian children and young people are currently forced to participate in armed conflict, for purposes including information gathering, surveillance and direct involvement in hostilities (Source: Watchlist.org)

  • President Juan Manuel Santos has won the Nobel price of Peace in December 2016 for his role in the peace process between the Colombian government and FARC

  • An estimated 15,000 to 30,000 children are living on the streets in Colombia, according to various sources. Government sources indicate that 40 percent of the 12,000 to 13,000 people living on the streets in Bogotá are children (Source: Idem)

  • Setbacks generated by the armed conflict and the emergence of new violence in the territories created by the power vacuums left by the FARC, inequality, institutional weakness, poverty, and other factors prevent the full guarantee of the rights of the Colombian population

  • War Child has been active in Colombia with a variety of program’s since 2006

  • In light of its new focus on Urban Violence (2018), War Child has initiated two new pilots in Bogota, focusing on the psychosocial support, education and protection of Colombian children in its capital

  • Part of one of the pilots in Bogota is War Child’s ‘Peace Bicycles Youth Centre’. A facility where youth can strengthen their resilience against the recruitment tactics of gangs and acquire peaceful conflict resolution skills  

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