In a recent press release, the UNHCR has expressed concern at the growing forced displacement occurring in Chocó, West Colombia. The situation in the region surrounding the Baudó, Atrato and San Juan Rivers is a result of illegal armed groups attempting to gain territorial control. The UNHCR reports that the conflict has now reached a level of such severity that the previous two months have seen more than 6,000 individuals flee their homes and a further 7,000 face limited mobility.
The majority of those affected by this forced displacement are members of Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities, who are suffering a substantial negative impact to their livelihoods. The local authorities have so far been unable to provide adequate support to the displaced communities and the UNHCR is working with them alongside other humanitarian organisations to provide emergency assistance.