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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 07:45 PM

Medellin 'faces grave humanitarian crisis' .

Medellin 'faces grave humanitarian crisis' .
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 11:03 Jacob Stringer

Armed groups in poorer parts of Medellin are killing and displacing thousands, said civil society groups Tuesday.

City authorities recorded 1,026 homicides and 8387 instances of forced displacement in January to October of this year, it was announced by local NGOs, who described the situation as a "grave humanitarian crisis".

In the most violence-affliced area of the city, the western Comuna 13, community leaders say that the militarization of the area, while reducing homicides, has not ended the violent wars between armed groups that account for most of the violence, reports the Instituto Popular de Capacition.

"Ten years ago we were living a horror and now we are living in terror because there has been no change. This is made more acute because there is no hope," the NGO recorded one community leader as saying.

The IPC's report on Comuna 13 named some of the groups local people consider responsible for the violence, including "Los Urabeņos," "Los Pesebreros" and the "Oficina de Envigado," but also said that "abuses of authority, police procedural irregularities, and the collusion of public security forces with illegal armed actors" leave the citizens too scared to formally report what is happening.


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