Colombian Ombudsman registers 66 homicides in Arauca during January | News

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The Colombian Ombudsman's Office reported on Wednesday that, during last January, 66 homicides and 1,284 displaced persons were registered in the department of Arauca (east) as a result of conflicts between armed groups.


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According to the entity, the most affected municipalities are Saravena with 34, Fortul with 11, Arauquita with nine, Arauca with five, Tame with four, and Cubará with three in Boyacá.

The Ombudsman's Office also clarified that the 1,284 displaced persons make up approximately 424 families, from the municipalities of Tame, Saravena, Arauquita, Arauca, Fortul and Cubará.

Regarding the massive displacements, he noted that they have been registered mainly in four communities of Tame: Rincón de Babaica, Holanda, Corocito and Caño Gaurapo.

"According to the figures reported by the United Nations Verification Commission, the displacement of 51 ex-combatants in the process of reincorporation of 42 families has been presented," the Ombudsman said on his Twitter social network account.

On the other hand, the entity indicated that 130 families of the Macaguán indigenous community, in the El Vigía reservation of the Arauquita municipality, are in confinement, including 360 minors. In addition, another 319 indigenous families are at risk of confinement.

“We continue to make a vehement call for the application of International Humanitarian Law and the protection of the civilian population; It is important that the entire state institutionality turn its eyes and its actions to Arauca," said the Ombudsman, Carlos Camargo.

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