Illegal mining, drug violence fuel Colombia displacement: U.N.

March 6, 2015 4:55 PM

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BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Illegal mining and drug-fueled gang violence will still force thousands of Colombians from their homes each year, even if a peace deal emerges from current talks with Marxist rebels, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) predicted.

The number of freshly displaced Colombians fell by 40 percent last year from 2013, a drop attributed largely to a unilateral ceasefire by the rebels, whose talks in Cuba with government negotiators have lasted two years.

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