Authorities in Ituango, Antioquia remain concerned about the forced displacement of people from surrounding districts, due to fighting
between the army and guerrillas, El Colombiano reported Wednesday.
“There are more or less 250 people in the urban area, who have been receiving humanitarian aid since last week, however the number of displaced is increasing,” said Beatriz Calderon, the director of Dapard, a disaster prevention and recovery department.
Calderon added that Accion Social — the presidential agency responsible for the care of displaced — is not supporting these people because it argues that they have not been forcibly displaced. She concluded that their care therefore falls under the responsibility of the government of Antioquia.
Accion Social countered that together with the government of Antioquia and the Ituango Mayor’s office, they had provided food, basic cleaning supplies, toiletries, dining implements, matressesand blankets to 86 displaced families from the districts of Leones, San Agustin and El Castillo.
The governmental agency also said that they will continue to care for the displaced families until they can return to their homes.