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The War at the Colombia-Venezuela Border

October 17, 2019

ARAUCA, Colombia – Colombia has opened its doors to Venezuelans fleeing the government-created human rights and humanitarian crisis next door. But as tens of thousands cross the border in search of relief, many have instead found themselves in the middle of an ongoing armed conflict – where desperation and limited state presence have left them particularly vulnerable to abuses by armed groups. 

Such is the case in Catatumbo, a border area north of Cúcuta. Many Colombians in the region hoped that the government’s 2016 accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)...

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