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Psychological support for migrants in Colombia

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Emergency | Colombia | PUBLISHED ON May 23rd 2019
HI conducts psychosocial support activities with a group of Venezuelan children in Colombia

HI conducts psychosocial activities for a group of Venezuelan children in Colombia | © HI

More than one million Venezuelan migrants currently live in Colombia. HI is providing emergency assistance to these vulnerable individuals.

Since 2013, Venezuela has been hit by a serious economic, political and social crisis. This has limited access to healthcare, sanitation and food, and significantly increased humanitarian needs. At least 3.4 million Venezuelans have fled to countries around the world, of whom 2.7 million to Latin America and the Caribbean. They include more than one million people in Colombia. 

In November 2018, HI assessed the needs of migrants in La Guajira, a crossing point into northern Colombia, in conjunction with the NGO DRC (Danish Refugee Council). 
Since April 2019, HI has provided psychological support to migrants in the Maicao transit centre on the border with Venezuela. 
In conjunction with the NGOs DRC and Pastoral Social (Caritas Colombia), HI also plans  to provide rehabilitation care to the most vulnerable individuals, including people with disabilities, older people and indigenous groups, and technical assistance such as training to local rehabilitation organisations, and to organise social cohesion activities for Colombians and Venezuelans in order to promote peaceful understanding between the different communities.

Assisting Venezuelans in Medellín

HI has also launched an emergency response in Medellín, the second largest city in Colombia, in conjunction with Medellín city council. The organisation provides support to more than 1000 Venezuelans, including psychological assistance and legal advice on accessing basic services, such as healthcare. HI also organises sports, cultural and other activities to strengthen the social cohesion and socio-cultural inclusion of migrants in Medellín. 

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HI is an independent and impartial aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

HI is an independent and impartial aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

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