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Thirty-nine of Colombia’s cities continue to be impacted by violence related to the country’s ongoing internal armed conflict, said the Red Cross’ (ICRC) at the presentation of an annual report on the Colombian humanitarian situation Friday.

According to Jordi Raich, the ICRC’s coordinator in Colombia, “not only [cities like] Medellin and Buenaventura are exposed to the humanitarian problems derived from the violence.”

Southwestern Colombian cities like Cali, Tumaco and Quibdo are particularly experiencing high-levels of conflict related violence said Raich.

Raich said that ongoing forced displacement, forced disappearances, sexual violence, homicides, and the recruitment of minors into criminal gangs, are all acts of violence related to the armed conflict that has lasted 50 years.

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