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"La Violencia"

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The slum around Bogota, where several hundred thousands displaced lives. Three million people have been displaced by the violent conflict in Colombia. Yet after 40 years of civil war and with the second highest number of IDPs (internally displaced persons) in the world after Sudan, the conflict hardly merits a mention in the international media. Civilians bear the brunt of the violence, caught up in the crossfire between government soldiers, leftist rebels, cocaine smugglers and far-right paramilitary militias. Hundreds of thousands flee to urban areas and big cities. But their problems are not over when they reach the cities. The paramilitaries and guerrillas are active in the urban areas and IDPs continue to live in fear of violence and intimidation. Colombia, November, 2007


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