European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Colombia: helping older people overcome the challenges of conflict
For almost 60 years, civilians in Colombia have been suffering the consequences of a conflict affecting large portions of the country. Far from receding, violence is increasing as well as its humanitarian impact.
Indigenous, afro-descendants and rural communities endure most of the conflict’s consequences. For example, they are forced to abandon their homes multiple times or live under lockdowns imposed by belligerents fighting for territorial control. They often lack access to basic services such as health care, education, water, and adequate social protection.
In the last year, NGOs and international organisations have suffered direct attacks against their staff and assets. This is why it has become increasingly difficult to reach the most vulnerable communities in Colombia.
Within the complexity of the Colombian scenario, the EU funds a consortium between the Spanish, German and Colombian Red Cross societies. With our support, more than 12,000 people living in conflict-affected communities receive primary health care through medical mobile units, protection services and psychological support.