Nearly a quarter of the people living in Colombia’s most popular
tourist destination Cartagena are suffering from hunger, the city’s
mayor announced Sunday.
Oscar Brieva, director of the Pedro Romero Emergency Plan, in charge of the district’s administration, told Caracol Radio these people are suffering physical hunger.
“The mayor’s office has defined a policy that will make it possible to attend these 230 thousand families with food, nutiricion, income and employment,” Brieva said.
The mayor is now pushing community funds to start giving food to the poorest ten percent of the population and secure the alimentation of 76 thousand starving children.
The mayor calls the current poverty situation a historical, unattended and unspoken disarray that has worsened because of the displacement, a result of Colombia’s violent conflict.