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ICRC delivers aid to displaced in Colombia

BOGOTA, April 6 (UPI) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross completed an aid campaign in western Colombia, where ongoing violence has caused widespread displacement.

The committee said it was able to deliver much-needed humanitarian aid to approximately 600 indigenous people in the Choco department in western Colombia. The ongoing violence in the region from rebel groups like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by the Spanish initials FARC, has forced hundreds of people to flee their homes, the ICRC reported.

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Red Cross officials said many of the displaced indigenous people near the municipality of Bajo Baudo, where a majority the emergency aid was delivered, are women and children. The violence has also caused many families to become separated from each other.

"On their arrival, people were very distressed because they had become separated from many members of their family and neighbors in the jungle while fleeing the fighting," Silvia Padron, ICRC delegate in western Colombia, said in a statement.

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