By Arron Daugherty for Insight Crime. Colombia’s Ombudsman’s office says a struggle between guerrillas and neo-paramilitaries over drug routes through the Pacific department of Choco has caused a humanitarian crisis. These developments were likely put in motion by a security surge in a neighboring region.
The Ombudsman’s office raised a temporary alert in northern Choco as Marxist guerrilla groups the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) clashed with former narco-paramilitary group the Urabeños, reported El Espectador.
At least five clashes have taken place in less than a week, and Jorge Enrique Calero, a director at the Ombudsman’s office, said that 159 people from the town of Riociego were displaced after “heavily armed men in uniforms” occupied their homes.
A temporary camp has been set up for the displaced victims.