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They request urgent actions of the State to guarantee the rights of children in La Guajira

The Ombudsman's Office warned of the non-compliance of the authorities in charge of ensuring the rights of children and adolescents in this department. 244 minors, according to the Dane, have died between 2012 and 2016.

The Ombudsman's Office explained that the reports presented by the Government show the few advances in the coverage of access to drinking water of the Wayúu community. Archivo Particular

During a hearing held this Monday in Riohacha, the ombudsman, Carlos Negret, called for immediate actions by the Colombian State to protect the rights of children and adolescents in turn to their health, nutrition, education and improvements in the aqueduct systems in several areas of the department of La Guajira. (You might be interested: In La Guajira, children continue to die of hunger)

According to Negret, despite the administrative, technical and financial effort that has been made so far, immediate decisions are required to guarantee the rights of the Wayúu community by public and private entities . "We owe them actions and results," said the defender.

The Ombudsman's Office maintained that the monitoring done by the entity on the reality in this department has shown breaches of the authorities who are responsible for ensuring the guarantee of the rights of this population, of pregnant and lactating women, and of the elderly. (Also read: Due to malnutrition, two Wayuu children die in La Guajira)

A report from the National Administrative Department of Statistics (Dane), cited by the Ombudsman's Office, says that 244 girls died in this department between 2012 and 2016 and children due to causes badociated with malnutrition . Similarly, according to information from the Bulletin of the National Institute of Health (INS), so far this 2018 (until March 24 ) have been reported 16 deaths with diagnosis of malnutrition and other badociated causes .

"The School Feeding Program (PAE) did not work. I propose to the Government that the PAE return to the ICBF, that it be a single one head, because when responsibilities are divided, things do not work, "said the defender during the public hearing. The entity has also been alerted of the violation of rights and has made recommendations for the communities of the municipalities of Riohacha, Manaure, Maicao and Uribia .

In this hearing, in addition, the follow-up was carried out to comply with the judicial decisions and the precautionary measures set forth by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), that are aimed at overcoming the humanitarian crisis on behalf of infant mortality due to malnutrition and its badociated causes . (Read: Ombudsman asks to guarantee rights of the Wayúu community in La Guajira)

How is the population in La Guajira?

The Ombudsman explained that the reports presented by the Government reveal the few advances in the coverage of access to drinking water of the Wayúu community. Although projects have been developed in this regard, it is unknown how many people are accessing drinking water . Likewise, the Ombudsman's Office is aware of the contamination of aquifers with sulfur compounds. However, he says that no actions or alternatives have been reported in this situation. (We suggest: Who are responsible for the crisis with Wayuu children in La Guajira?)

Another problem is food. In this regard, for the Ombudsman's Office it is necessary to formulate a plan of action in the short, medium and long term, which guarantees the availability of quality food, access and consumption. "The Ombudsman's Office found that there are no inputs to measure access under conditions of opportunity and relevance to the population ," the entity said. Carlos Negret also visited the El Paraíso rancheria, located 16 kilometers from Riohacha. There he listened to the community, in particular the children who expressed their needs in health, food and education, among other problems.

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