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Webinar: the humanitarian consequences of violence in Central America #ViolenceCentAm

Event Info

Date 5th Jul 2017
Location Webinar
Price
Event Organiser Humanitarian Practice Network

 Join this HPN webinar on 5th July 2017, 15.00-16.30 BST to discuss the challenges of providing humanitarian assistance in Central America.

Contributing chair

Speakers

  • Marc Bosch Bonacasa @MarcBurilla – Program Manager for Latin America, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
  • Wendy Cue @WendyCue – Head, OCHA Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Christian Visnes @chrivis – Country Director, NRC Colombia and region
  • Noah Bullock @NoahFBullock – Executive Director, Cristosal (El Salvador)

Over the last decade, organised criminal violence in Central America has resulted in some of the highest homicide rates in the world. Vulnerable communities in the Northern Triangle countries – Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras – have been forcibly displaced within countries, across the region and northwards into the United States and Mexico.

What can humanitarians do to provide greater assistance and protection to victims of violence in the region? How can aid agencies identify and assist people without putting them or assistance providers in danger?

Violence is on a scale unprecedented for countries not at war. But there is a certain reluctance among states and aid providers to acknowledge the humanitarian dimensions of this crisis.

This violence is causing forced displacement of entire communities, interrupting education, preventing access to basic medical services, and compounding issues such as sexual violence as well as child recruitment. Clearly, such large-scale impacts and forced displacement requires a coordinated humanitarian response that provides better protection and assistance for communities.

Read more in the latest edition of our Humanitarian Exchange magazine.

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43 Comments

odi_hpn

The first panellist is Wendy Cue, the Head of the Latin America and Caribbean office of UN OCHA , the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

odi_hpn

As we hear from the panellists, please feel free to send through any questions that you would like to pose to them. Just include your name, affiliation (if you have one), and who your question is directed at. And if you are connecting from outside the UK then do let us know as well.

odi_hpn

Christian Visnes, the director for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Latin America is now reflecting on the issue.

odi_hpn

Dear all, please feel free to send through any questions that you would like to pose to them. Just include your name, affiliation (if you have one), and who your question is directed at. And if you are connecting from outside the UK then do let us know as well.

rui pinto

Interesting points by Wendy Cue, my question is :If the political corruption in those countries also can be an element to take in account to such violence in physic, moral, emotional among others?

odi_hpn

Thank you, Rui, for your question. Could you please send through your affiliation and the country you are connecting from?

Viridiana

Christian: How can you asure that humanitarian aid based on cash is surely used for protection of the families?

odi_hpn

Marc Bosch Bonacasa, the Program Manager for Latin America at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is joining us from Spain.

Regine Webster

Hi! Regine Webster here from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy – I am curious about how your organizations are supporting your Central American/Northern SA efforts?

Stefan Pleisnitzer

it will be good to talk as well about the failure of the state in CA to provide basic protection, opportunties as well as a working judiciary system

Stefan Pleisnitzer

Another aspect to look at is the connections and communication that happends between the “maras” so they are able to track fleeing people over various countries and find and kill them on their way to the US

Maria Grazia Pressacco

Hi, I’m Spanish Red Cross Delegate in Honduras. Two aspects: 1) do the panelists think it can be feasible some kind of joint system along the route to assist migrants? 2) do they think anything can be done in order to make donors deeply understand that violence is a structural emergency issue in the area that needs to be faced urgently? Thanks!

Lucas

Christian mentioned that humanitarian organisations operating in the region previously focused on reduction of risk from natural disasters, and there is a need for increased technical capacity for operating in conflict-affected settings. I would be interested to hear from him, or others, on the extent to which he thinks there are connections between climate-related risks and the violence in the region – I’m thinking about impacts on rural livelihoods, urbanisation etc.

Karla Lainez

Greetings from El Salvador! General question: what actions are being taken in order to guarantee that the support/assistance can be sustainable either being assumed by the government or civil society?

Jeronimo

No tiene mucho sentido que una discusion de este tipo, tan importante, sea en ingles, pues los actores, que son la misma gente de Centroamerica queda fuera de la discusion. Deberia ser en español, respetando que es el lenguaje que hablamos en el area, de lo contrario es una discusion entre investigadores y gente fuera de la region.

odi_hpn

Jeronimo, gracias por tu mensaje. Hemos tomado sus comentarios a bordo. una versión en español del documento habra disponible muy pronto

Paulo Ueti

I AM Paulo Ueti, from Anglican Alliance UK based in Brazil: to all: is there in the region other religou groups rather only christians/churches supporting and responding the needs? or some multi Faith coalision to network with? considering the big role religion place in the latin américa ….

Marie-Carmelle Gélinas

Program officer for Central America – Government of Canada – I’m wondering if panelists could give us their perspective as to how violence affects women differently than men in the region. Thank you.

Fotini Rantsiou

Wendy mentioned briefly the response to the European refugee situation (I am not calling it a ‘crisis’…). To what extent does she think that the media focus on Europe has diverted attention from Central America? On the flipside, could it be convenient not to focus on the CA, as ultimately it is an issue for the USA?

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Event Info

Date 5th Jul 2017
Location Webinar
Price
Event Organiser Humanitarian Practice Network