Quick Guide: The Colombian conflict
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Armed groups

Human cost

US role

Peace prospects

Human cost
A little girl cries for her father - another victim of the bloody conflict

Civilians bear the brunt of the war. Three million have been displaced as armed groups bombard their villages, and subject them to massacres.

Those forced from their homes often suffer from hunger and poor health and are denied basic social services.

Indigenous groups say the war serves to hide the fact they have been driven off their land, which is endowed with natural resources like oil.

Colombia is rich in resources, but it is beset by poverty and unemployment.