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Breaking News from the Peace Table in Havana
November 6, 2013
In Colombia, indigenous groups continue to be targets in the 45-year conflict. Testimonies from displaced Embera women tell of physical abuse and rape.
The health problems faced by internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the over 20 camps in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP) are being made worse by a combination of lack of funds, a lack of women doctors and cultural constraints which dictate that it is not appropriate for male doctors to tend to women or girls.
"I wept through the journey from my village to Jalozai. I never wanted to leave my home. I thought I would go back in 20 days. It has now been a year," she said, sitting in the courtyard of a makeshift tent compound.
Bibi is one of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced Pakistanis who have fled fighting between insurgent groups and the Pakistan military in the Khyber Agency bordering Afghanistan.
"All of a sudden you see some liquid coming towards your face and you think that somebody might have slipped, or that they want to get you wet," says Viviana Hernandez.
The 28-year-old Colombian recalls vividly the acid attack five years ago that left her with burns to her face, chest and hands, and cost her the use of her left eye.
"You never imagine that it can happen to you."
Women from South America are lured into T&T and kept in “houses” as virtual slaves throughout T&T. And as a measure to curb human trafficking, T&T and Colombia are expected to sign an agreement to combat this scourge.
Media coverage of the Colombian peace process has focused on the politics surrounding the talks in Havana. Some have accused representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) of using stall tactics, and President Santos has signaled a willingness to adjust his self-imposed timeline, indicating that a peace agreement is unlikely to materialize before the original deadline of November 2013.
The head of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is in Georgia to help female internally displaced persons (IDPs) and meet with women's organizations, RFE/RL's Georgian Service reports.
Ana Angelica Bello, 45, was coming out of the Ministry of Justice in 2009 when two men bundled her into a car, put a gun against her head and sexually assaulted her. They told her she was being punished for her work as an activist for the nation's displaced population.
Attracted by loud bickering, a small group of people surround a rickshaw near a market in Islamabad. Two women dressed in ‘burqas' are arguing with the rickshaw driver.
"They said they wanted to be taken to the shops. Now they are not paying me enough for bringing them here,” the driver complained. The fact that the two women only spoke Pashto, spoken mainly in northern areas, compounded the problem.
Thousands of people displaced from their homes by fighting between Pakistani government forces and militants in Mohmand Agency, northwestern Pakistan, face sub-zero temperatures and have been blocked from leaving the agency to seek refuge with relatives.
In June 2010 a brawl in the southern capital of Osh sparked four days of clashes between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz. Many of the predominantly Uzbek neighbourhoods were looted and burned to the ground, and at least 426 people of both ethnicities were killed.
NAIROBI, 7 September 2010 (IRIN) - Authorities in Galkayo, in Somalia's self-declared autonomous region of Puntland, are offering internally displaced persons (IDPs) skills training in a bid to integrate them into the community, officials said.
The move comes nearly a year after many IDPs and their businesses were targeted by mobs for suspected involvement in explosions in the town.
This site lets internally displaced people tell their life stories – in their own words. The narratives in these pages are valuable complements to the official information on conflicts which governments and international organisations offer.
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