NO SHELTER FROM FEAR

Colombia has been at war with itself for almost half a century, a war that has cost the lives of tens of thousands of people and has displaced millions Colombians from their homes. Rooted in the devastating civil war that ripped the country apart in the 1940s and 50s, paramilitary groups aligned to either side of the conflict have carried on their fight in Colombia’s countryside, ostensibly responding to threats from each other and in defence of different groups but increasingly profiteering from the rich pickings of the country’s huge output of cocaine. At 5.2 million people, Colombia’s Internally Displaced People (IDP) rate is an astonishing 12% of the population and puts it second only to Sudan in terms of people uprooted from their homes by violence.