Tuesday 22 June 2021

At least a million girls victimized in Colombia’s armed conflict



TODAY COLOMBIA — Colombia’s government on Friday claimed that more than a million girls have been victimized in the country’s armed conflict between 1985 and 2014.

The story of ‘Yolanda’

The story of Yolanda (a false name to protect the victim) illustrates the environment of impunity for armed actors.


In July 2005, the 11-year-old girl was stopped by a soldier on her way home from school in a rural area of Saravena in the Arauca state, near the border with Venezuela. This was not the first time the soldier solicited sex from Yolanda, but this time he forcibly took her captive and raped her.


When Yolanda’s family reported the case to the office of the inspector general the local prosecutor rejected the allegation, claiming that Yolanda’s mother invented the story.


The army offered the family money to withdraw the accusation. Meanwhile, when he learned of the allegation, the soldier began to threaten the family over the phone.


The family ultimately fled their home in order to protect themselves and their daughter in particular.

Most of the minors were forcibly displaced, while thousands of others were threatened, raped, beaten or killed. Other girls witnessed murders or lost their family to the violence.

- Advertisement -

According to data from the National Information Network, it’s the girls between 11 and 17 who suffered the most compared with other age groups.

“Repair to children and adolescents is critical for building a more just future. It is our responsibility to create conditions for their tomorrow and they can unfold in a society with less rancor and more willingness to peace building. We are moving forward on that path, “said the director of the governmental Victims Unit, Paula Gaviria Betancur.

A report released by Oxfam International in March concluded that some 48,915 minors have been victims of sexual violence during the course of Colombia’s armed conflict. 

Conducted between 2008 and 2012, the study collected information from 1,070 of the country’s 1,130 municipalities, with the goal of understanding sexual violence in the context of civil war and evaluating Colombia’s records on the subject.

- Advertisement -

Of these almost 49,000 victims, only 7,609 were male victims.

The report claimed, moreover, that many acts of sexual violence have become normalized to the point where they are no longer considered crimes or even wrong, by neither the perpetrator or the victim.

Angela Robledo told Colombia Reports last year that “what is happening in Colombia with regard to sexual violence against women is impunity, as demonstrated by our reports, as demonstrated by Amnesty International, as demonstrated by human rights organizations.”


The post appeared first on Colombia News.

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Today’s Covid News: Less than 800 new cases for the first time in two months

QCOSTARICA - For the first time in two months, less than...

First five months of the year reflect recovery of Costa Rican exports

QCOSTARICA - The value of Costa Rica exports increased by 23%...


College of Physicians negotiates donation of a million and a half vaccines against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - This week there could be very good news for the country in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic if the College of...

Will that be Cash or Sinpe Móvil?

QCOSTARICA - Sinpe Móvil is easy to use. From your phone, you can send money to friends, family and pay for things. Or receive...

First five months of the year reflect recovery of Costa Rican exports

QCOSTARICA - The value of Costa Rica exports increased by 23% in the first five months of the year, being the highest growth in...

Since 2018 MECO has received contracts from the State for more than ¢139 billion

QCOSTARICA - Almost ¢140 billion colones (US$227 million dollars) is the amount the MECO construction company was able to snare for public works contracts...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 18: 9 & 0 CANNOT circulate

Today, Friday, June 18, vehicles with plates ending 9 & 0 CANNOT circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm,...

The Best Sports To Play On A Beach

Costa Rica has some of the best beaches in the world. The coastline is blessed with golden sand, beautiful palm trees, and perfect blue...

Internet speed decreases during peaks in service

QCOSTARICA - Ever wonder why your surfing on the Internet slows down, to even a crawl, mainly in the evenings? This is due to...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 16: 5 & 6 CANNOT circulate

Today, Wednesday, June 16, vehicles with plates ending 5 & 6 CANNOT circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm,...

OIJ investigation into road works corruption leads to inquiries in Panama

QCOSTARICA - The prestige of the company of some of the richest men in Costa Rica hangs by a thread. For many, the MECO...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.