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Disappearances in Colombia

posted by Adriaan Alsema
Disappearances in Colombia

More than 60,000 people in Colombia are feared dead after having disappeared during the 50-year-old conflict. The majority of these disappearances have been registered in departments with densely populated cities.

It has been difficult to establish how many of Colombia’s disappeared persons have been forcibly disappeared and would be dead.

An undetermined, but significant percentage of disappeared persons goes missing to avoid debt collectors, parental responsibility, or — in the case of minors — to run away from home.

Registered disappearances (September 2014)

Bogota D.C.
16379
Antioquia
10245
Valle del Cauca
6748
Meta
3581
Norte de Santander
2795
Cundinamarca
2295
Nariño
2210
Santander
2061
Magdalena
1813
Putumayo
1753
Cesar
1688
Tolima
1597
Caldas
1568
Caqueta
1472
Risaralda
1434
Cordoba
1315
Bolivar
1292
Casanare
1131
Atlantico
1054
Guaviare
1087
Choco
1066
Boyaca
962
Huila
959
Cauca
940
Arauca
762
Quindio
549
Sucre
547
La Guajira
543
Vichada
276
Guainia
43
Amazonas
43
Vaupes
23
San Andres y Providencia
18

If you look at the number of disappeared per 100,000 inhabitants, the hardest hit are the communities southeast of the Andes.

Disappearance per 100,000 inhabitants

According to Colombia’s Medical Examiner’s Office, more than a quarter of the missing were forcibly disappeared and are feared dead in one of the country’s mass graves.

Resources

Red Cross 2011 report on disappearances

Medicina Legal database

Asfaddes victims organization