Help displaced families, landmine victims, former child soldiers and other victims of Colombia’s armed conflict get the assistance and skills they need to rebuild their lives.
Fighting among left-wing guerrillas, right-wing paramilitaries, drug traffickers and the army has created the largest population of internally displaced people outside Sudan — at least four million and growing.
- Children & Youth: Helping newly demobilized child soldiers reintegrate into society and preventing at-risk children from being recruited into armed groups
- Emergency response: Providing families displaced by conflict and flooding with emergency assistance and income-generation skills
- Conflict & Governance: Helping communities peacefully resolve existing land conflicts and formalize land ownership
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Colombia: Soccer moves a generation towards peace June 25, 2014
In Colombia, we use soccer to prevent youth violence and encourage leadership skills. This week, community coaches from the program are visiting our global headquarters to hone their skills and learn about youth development.
Colombia: Land titles provide stability for Colombia’s poor April 15, 2014
We're helping marginalized families get legal ownership of the land they live on, and providing a sense of security in communities still recovering from conflict.
Colombia: Relief for a family displaced by conflict February 21, 2014
Miriam's family received emergency supplies from us after being uprooted from their home. On a recent trip to Columbia our director of development met her and received a tour of her new shelter — a makeshift house built in a mangrove.
Colombia: NPR discusses second chances for child soldiers May 30, 2013
Peace talks are in progress, but the FARC continues to recruit young people to their front lines. Our Country Director in Colombia talks about the plight of child soliders and our efforts to help those who escape build new lives.
Colombia: The war on child soldier recruitment begins at school June 22, 2012
Last month was especially busy as I organized field visits to our child soldier prevention and reintegration program.
Colombia: Reclaiming children of war May 14, 2012
As many as 14,000 children are fighting in Colombia's armed conflict. Each year, hundreds are rescued or escape — but it's too risky to return home. Mercy Corps is helping them start over.
Colombia: Helping fellow soldiers back from battle: Adriana's fresh start May 11, 2012
Helping former child soldiers rejoin society is familiar territory for Adriana. She was raised by her uncle in a small village where armed insurgents operated openly.
Colombia: Trekking to see flood recovery efforts May 9, 2012
I just returned from a trip to Colombia where, instead of sitting behind a computer, I sat in planes, taxis, boats, vans, dugout canoes and on horseback — in one day.
Colombia: Capture or surrender earns second chance May 8, 2012
Child soldiers in Colombia escape the front lines one of two ways: by turning themselves in, or being rescued in battle. Most come from the countryside, where schools and jobs are scarce, and join an armed group as a way to escape poverty.
Colombia: Picturing yesterday, today and tomorrow May 1, 2012
Former child soldiers in Colombia created these drawings as part of our program that helps them reintegrate into society after fighting in illegal armed groups.