Colombia: Humanitarian action

In 2012, the ICRC assisted and protected victims in need of immediate relief in the aftermath of armed violence. More than 200,000 people benefited directly from ICRC aid. This included distributing food, hygiene items and household utensils to displaced families, paying for threatened people to relocate, covering funeral costs, paying for medicines and treatment, taking the wounded and sick from conflict zones to be treated, and delivering materials to rebuild infrastructure. These features focusing on various regions of Colombia illustrate a deterioration in living conditions and explain the ICRC's response.

The boundaries and names shown, and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the International Committee of the Red Cross.


  • Deprived of his liberty for 12 years and 9 months

    Police Inspector Jorge Humberto Romero was freed in an operation facilitated by the ICRC and the Colombians For Peace organization.
  • Flor found the daughter she had believed dead

    “Don’t worry, your daughter’s alive and she’s going to be fine."
  • Farmers build a better future by planting cocoa

    The ICRC supports a cocoa-farming project in a region that has been wracked by armed conflict for many years.
  • Ángela’s heartache, three times a victim

    Her husband disappeared. She had to flee her home with her children. A member of an armed group raped her.
  • Rita helps to teach life-saving tips

    ‘Rita’ is a training manikin used in community first-aid workshops for people living in remote communities.
  • Juan’s fight for life

    On his seventh birthday, Juan was caught in the blast of an explosive device
  • Lina, under house arrest

    Twelve years ago, when she had just finished primary school, she joined an armed group.
  • Colombia annual report

    Full text of Colombia annual report 2012
  • Recovering dead bodies

    Most of those whose remains were recovered by ICRC were civilians who had been murdered and buried in unmarked graves