Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Over 1,000 Colombian refugees flee fighting into Ecuador

More than 1,000 refugees fleeing fighting between the army and left-wing guerrillas in Colombia have crossed the border into Ecuador amid a warning that the number could rise.

Aid groups say the refugees are scared and hungry and relief workers are struggling to provide them with food, mattresses and clothing in shelters in the Ecuadorean town of San Lorenzo, eight miles from the Colombian border.

The United Nations said more than 800 Colombian refugees were staying in shelters in San Lorenzo.

But officials in Ecuador said that by yesterday the number had increased to about 1,100.

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