Colombia is struggling to end its five-decade war on cocaine and has seen the country’s death toll climb over the past two years, as authorities continue to target drug traffickers and drug gangs with harsh tactics.
As the country gears up for the fourth year in a row of presidential elections, the war has cost Colombian lives, destroyed livelihoods and driven millions of Colombians into poverty.
In 2015, more than 11,000 people were killed, according to Colombia’s National Bureau of Statistics, which tracks violence in the country.
The war has forced millions to flee their homes and left more than half the country without water or electricity.
Many of those who have fled the country have found new homes in Mexico and Central America.
In 2016, the United Nations reported that drug cartels are targeting Colombians in Mexico, Central America and the United States.
According to the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on drug-related violence, in 2016, Colombia lost almost 20,000 citizens to violence.
The country’s new President Juan Manuel Santos has vowed to end the war on drug and has pledged to eliminate the death toll by the end of the year.
But the country is suffering from widespread corruption and endemic violence, according, The Economist newspaper.
More than 8,000 members of the National Police were killed in the last four years of the war, according the United Council of Drug Enforcement and the countrys Drug Enforcement Agency.
And while there have been some gains, the country still has more than 880,000 drug suspects on the books.
The United Nations says Colombia’s drug war has left more people dead than any other war since the Second World War.
The Economist notes that Colombia is currently suffering from the most serious human rights crisis since the end-of-the-World War II.