Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jun 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Disappearances in Colombia

Disappearances in Colombia

(Photo: Primicio Diario)

More than 75,000 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 (October 2015)

Bogota D.C.
19136
Antioquia
10781
Valle del Cauca
7303
Meta
3800
Norte de Santander
2983
Cundinamarca
2586
Nariño
2420
Santander
2133
Magdalena
1937
Putumayo
1772
Cesar
1749
Tolima
1746
Caldas
1666
Caqueta
1602
Risaralda
1588
Cordoba
1478
Bolivar
1381
Casanare
1162
Atlantico
1151
Guaviare
1186
Choco
1173
Boyaca
1035
Huila
1067
Cauca
1019
Arauca
901
Quindio
589
Sucre
564
La Guajira
543
Vichada
296
Guainia
46
Amazonas
53
Vaupes
31
San Andres y Providencia
22

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.

The perpetrators of half of these forced disappearances is unknown.

Alleged perpetrators of forced disappearance (1970 – 2012)

Resources

Red Cross 2011 report on disappearances

Medicina Legal database

Asfaddes victims organization