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The Humanitarian Crisis in Central America

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Thirty years after the end of devastating civil conflicts, the Northern Triangle countries of Central America are again at a crossroads. Vulnerable communities in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras—already suffering the effects of cyclical droughts and floods—are now experiencing unprecedented levels of violence from organized criminal groups. As a result, many families have been forcibly displaced, both within and outside of their countries of origin.

Clearly, such large-scale violence and displacement merit a far-reaching humanitarian response. Yet governments and aid providers are reluctant to acknowledge and frame responses for the region that both address humanitarian concerns and provide maximum protection for all.

On June 8, we discussed the humanitarian consequences of violence in Central America, on the launch of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Humanitarian Practice Network’s Humanitarian Exchange magazine.


The Humanitarian Crisis in Central America



  • Claudia Paz y Paz

    Secretary for Multidimensional Security, Organization of American States


  • Eric L. Olson

    Global Fellow
    Director of the Central America-D.C. Platform, Seattle International Foundation


  • Noah Bullock

    Executive Director, Cristosal El Salvador
  • Wendy Cue

    Chief of Environmental Emergencies, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • Vicente Raimundo Núñez-Flores

    Head of Regional Office for Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, European Union Humanitarian Aid Civil Protection - ‎European Commission