The Americas is a region with unequal distribution of wealth and limited access to basic services for people on low incomes. Violence in the region is tantamount to a serious humanitarian crisis with high rates of homicide, forced recruitment, and genderbased violence. The brutal violence is often carried out by rival criminal groups who operate with impunity.
In Colombia, the FARC-EP announced a partial re-armament. Its neighbour, Venezuala, saw significant migration as political instability left millions of people without food, water or medical care. NorCross has country offices in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. NorCross supports health care provision, the protection of health workers and facilities, WASH and access to education.
Regional story – Venezuelan migration to Colombia
Over five million people have left since 2015. Many have walked to neighbouring Colombia. Women cross the bridge every day to seek treatment for their children at the Red Cross clinic in Cúcuta, on the Colombian side.