Colombia is one of the largest countries in South America and one of the continent's most populous nations. Bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Colombia is rich in diversity from its people, cultures, and historic cities to its lush rainforest, towering mountains and coffee plantations.
The country has also been ravaged by decades of violent conflict involving outlawed armed groups, drug cartels, and gross violations of human rights. These conditions have brought a widespread displacement of people who have fled rural violence and poverty. Over 10,000 people have settled in La Playa, on the outskirts of Barranquilla, and live in makeshift housing. Unemployment in this community is over 80%.
Unrelenting poverty is a daily reality with many children being raised by single mothers. The Colombian government is working at repatriating these families but the process is slow. International Needs Canada is committed to working in areas like La Playa that are hard hit by poverty and injustice, and partners with national leaders and governments to help bring about lasting change.
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