The victims of the Colombian conflict not only suffer from the direct consequences of violence caused by the on-going conflict but also suffer from social and institutional stigma and neglect in Colombia. The Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) report “Three time victims” demonstrates how this triple victimisation impacts the mental health of people living in Caquetá department (southern Colombia). In this report, MSF calls for mental health services to be adapted to the needs of this vulnerable population.
“Our teams witness the appalling reality endured by most of the population in Caquetá”, explained Teresa Sancristóval, Head of MSF Operations in Colombia. “On the one hand, people are exposed to the violence perpetrated by the different armed groups and on the other hand authorities and society fail to provide them with the attention they deserve. The consequences of this situation for mental health include severe psychological suffering that should be addressed by the authorities.”