Programs in Colombia

Fr. John Jairo Montoya S.J., National Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Colombia, discusses the work of JRS in Colombia, particularly in the Bogota suburb of Soacha, and in the coastal community of Buenaventura. Colombian refugees are the frequently forgotten victims of a nearly 50-year-long conflict between paramilitaries, guerillas, and the Colombian military and security forces. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported in August that 19 mass displacements forced an estimated 8,200 people from their homes in July 2012, the highest figure recorded since 2009. That is a 129 per cent increase over June, and a 370 per cent increase compared to the same time last year. In May of this year, staff from Jesuit Refugee Service/USA visited JRS projects in Colombia and spoke with our colleagues and forcibly displaced Colombians. Read more on the JRS/USA website here: bit.ly/NicB8I