In Colombia, whole towns abandoned for fear of drug violence

June 6, 2011

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(World Vision Report/Nadja Drost)
The neglected interior of a home in the abandoned village of Villa.

Violence in Colombia in the last few decades has displaced more than 3.5 million people. In response, the Colombian government struck a peace deal with drug-trafficking paramilitary groups eight years ago. But despite the peace agreement, many traffickers never disarmed; they simply reorganized into new groups. Now, these drug gangs are regaining strength, especially in the northern state of Córdoba. As a result, the mass displacement of people, once thought to be a thing of the past, has begun again.

Nadja Drost reports from Colombia.

This story originally aired on the World Vision Report. We got it from the Public Radio Exchange.