At least twelve families forcibly displaced by paramilitary violence in western Colombia

Confrontations between paramilitary organisation the Gaitanista Self-Defence Forces (AGC) and Colombia’s largest remaining guerrilla movement, the National Liberation Army (ELN), reportedly caused at least twelve families to flee their homes, as forced displacement continues to affect civilians in marginalised regions. The clashes occurred in the department of Chocó, western Colombia, on 3 January.

Chocó has seen repeated violent confrontations in the last twelve months, as competing armed groups vie for control of zones vacated by the demobilised FARC under the terms of the 2016 peace agreement. Local communities are also at risk from landmines and threats against political organisers and social leaders.

Source: Contagio Radio