Violence remains a major problem for a large part of Colombia’s population, despite the end of the conflict with the FARC-EP, according to a report released by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The increased presence and influence of criminal organisations and other armed groups has led to a high number of threats, targeted killings, kidnappings, disappearances, harassment, extortion, and restrictions on people’s movements, significantly impacting people’s physical and mental health. MSF calls on the Colombian authorities to increase the response to the mental health needs of victims of violence, and for comprehensive medical care for victims of sexual violence. Medecins sans frontieres
"A very important step in the implementation of the peace agreement took place this Friday. This will help build trust and hope. I say this because in many regions, like the Pacific, one finds that people do not believe. The reason? Because the reality that they live is the same as before. Of course, some things have improved, but others have gotten worse and that's why they have a hard time believing that their situation will change". Semana
" [...] the shortage of resources and personnel translates into long waiting times for the families of the more than 60,000 disappeared in Colombia, according to the report "Hasta encontrarlos" (Until we find them) of the Historic Memory Center, published in 2016. Pacifista
Because of its privileged geographical situation in a mountainous region, near the highway Medellín - Bogota, since the middle of the eighties, Granada was targeted by armed groups: guerrillas, the paramilitary, and the army. It suffered harassment, massacres, car bombs, displacement, military occupation, kidnappings and extrajudicial executions. Global Voices
In 2016, conflict and violence forced 171,000 people to flee their homes in Colombia, according to the report of the International Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC), published in June 2017. The report states that despite the historic peace agreements, it is not still not possible to speak of the definitive end of the armed conflict in Colombia, and consequently it is not possible to speak of the end of forced displacement. Clashes over territorial control between other non-state armed parties, such as the ELN, the PLA, and organized armed groups, continue to cause displacement. OCHA Boletín Humanitario Mensual Colombia
Since the signing of the Final Agreement, FARC and the Government have carried out six public acts of forgiveness with victims of the conflict. Asking forgiveness is a symbolic form of reparation, according to a report from the International Center for Transitional Justice: "More than words: apologies as a form of reparation." Here's a list of such gatherings that have taken place. El Espectador
The United Nations warned last year that the local Afro-Colombian and indigenous populations needed "urgent" protection. Authorities say there are 6,000 people displaced and 7,000 confined to their homes in the surrounding Choco region for fear of violence.
"We cannot guarantee that the peace process will end the violence," says Luis Carlos Arce, governor of Alto Tumando, another settlement of displaced people.
"The violence of hunger, its impact on education and health -- that is not going to end."