Colombia has attempted to rebound from several political clashes over the past ten years. The conflict resulted in widespread violence, putting civilians and entire communities under duress. It has also had an adverse effect on local economies as people have struggled to secure livelihoods under the past strife. Colombia has not been insulated from natural disaster and has had to rebuild after several of them.

The humanitarian situation in Colombia:

  • 7.2 Million displaced by conflict (OCHA, 2017)
  • Over 4 Million people still in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA, 2018)

In 2017, three rivers overflowed in Mocoa, Colombia, sending a destructive torrent of mud and debris through a city of 40,000. The event flattened homes and destroyed entire neighborhoods. Over 250 people died and another 200 were injured. Hundreds were displaced and in need of urgent humanitarian support, including shelter and clean water. Colombia declared a state of emergency and Islamic Relief responded to the call for help, working with local rescue teams to help survivors and raise funds to send life saving aid.

 

 

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