Discussing "the other Colombia" in Washington and Ottawa

Discussing "the other Colombia" in Washington and Ottawa - © ICRC/VII/PAGETTI, Franco

Discussing "the other Colombia" in Washington and Ottawa - © ICRC/VII/PAGETTI, Franco

Last April, our Bogota delegation published a report that shows forced displacement, threats of violence, rape and damage to civilians to have increased in Colombia in 2011.

Unfortunately, the plight of people who live in theother Colombia - the parts of the country where an armed conflict that has lasted almost 50 years continues unabated - often goes unnoticed in the world's capitals.

In an effort to raise awareness about that grim reality, we regularly invite Bogota-based colleagues to Washington and Ottawa to brief government officials and civil society actors.

One such visit took place last week, when we published the English language version of the Colombia Activity Report 2011.

Head of ICRC Colombia Jordi Raich summarizes the trends documented by his team last year and explains why it is important to brief North American law and policy actors about the realities faced by the other Colombia .

You can download the report, fresh off the press, here