After having suffered a 5-year drought, followed by extreme rains and floods in the past few months, worsened by El Niño’s effect in Latin America and the Caribbean, this series looks at how people rebuild and live their daily lives in the La Guajira region of North East Colombia. Incorporating the support and interventions that have assisted them from ECHO as well as partner workers such as FAO and UNICEF.
La Guajira, Colombia, is the remote desert region home to the indigenous Wayuu people. A humanitarian crisis has resulted from seven years of drought; in 2016, 86 children lost their lives to hunger and malnutrition. The Wayuu people are battling to survive: they face severe food and water shortages.
The EU and its humanitarian partner Action Against Hunger are delivering life-saving food assistance, assessing the nutritional status of the most vulnerable, and providing health care for those at risk no matter how isolated they are.