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6/29/2005 : U.S. hostages forgotten in Colombian jungle

The mother of an American hostage held by Colombian rebels for more than two years said on Monday her son and two fellow hostages had been forgotten by the U.S. public and abandoned by the government.

6/24/2005 : Husband of kidnapped Columbian presidential candidate to visit Galway

Juan Carlos Lecompte, the husband of Ingrid Betancourt, the Columbian presidential candidate who was kidnapped by the FARC guerillas, will visit Galway on Wednesday June 29.

6/19/2005 : This Monday : International Day of the Refugees

The UN refugee agency said Friday that the global number of refugees* fell 4 percent in 2004 to 9.2 million, the lowest total in almost a quarter of a century. But UNHCR annual statistics released just ahead of World Refugee Day on Monday showed that the numbers of internally displaced and stateless people remain high.

The number of internally displaced people of concern to UNHCR increased partly as a result of two new developments in 2004: the additional responsibility to help protect 660,000 of the 1.8 million displaced people in Darfur, and an increased government estimate of the number of displaced people in Colombia - up by 240,000 to 2 million.

6/18/2005 : In Colombia, Indigenous Peace Initiatives Under Attack

In Colombia, U.S. troops and advisors are contributing to a widening civil war where peasants and the indigenous are caught in the crossfire.

6/16/2005 : Yolanda Pulecio requests that the Government appoint a special negotiator

Yolanda Pulecio, Ingrid Betancourt's, mother (Ingrid: former presidential candidate, and founder of the Oxygeno Verde party) is openly requesting the president of the Colombian Republic, Alvaro Uribe, to appoint a representative or a negotiator specially entrusted with the humanitarian agreement with the FARC guerrillas.

6/12/2005 : Joy at release of hostages Florence Aubenas and Hussein Hanoun

Reporters Without Borders today voiced "enormous relief and immense joy" at the release of French journalist Florence Aubenas and her Iraqi interpreter and guide, Hussein Hanoun, after 157 days as hostages in Iraq.

6/8/2005 : UNHCR urges aid for displaced people in Colombia's south-west

Some 1,000 people have fled their homes in south-western Colombia in the last three months, reported the UN refugee agency today, warning that hundreds of them have not received humanitarian aid so far.

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