After more than 50 years of conflict, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a historic peace agreement. Between 1990 and 2013, landmines, improvised explosive devices, and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) killed or maimed more than 11,000 people–children making up 26%–and left 31 of Colombia’s 32 regions contaminated by UXO.
Colombia has the second largest number of mine victims, following Afghanistan, according to the 2013 Landmine Monitor Report. Acting in Colombia since 1998, and fighting against landmines since 2005, Handicap International is one of two humanitarian organizations accredited to demine in Colombia.
Our teams recently began the careful work of returning land to communities for farming and development and will continue providing physical therapy, running weapons risk education projects, and supporting the advocacy work of disabled persons organizations.