Clashes between government forces and armed groups have in the past few weeks had a serious impact on inhabitants of the Colombian departments of Cauca and Narino. Over 4,400 people have either fled their homes or can no longer carry out their usual subsistence activities. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has just completed an emergency distribution of 60 tons of food and hygiene items to these people. In Cauca, more than 1,300 people from various villages have streamed into the town of Lopez de Micay. Meanwhile, over 350 residents can no longer farm as it is too dangerous to venture into the fields. (ICRC)

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