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"In Colombia violence does not disappear, it transforms," said the director of the National Institute of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Science (INMLCF) of Colombia recently. The Director refers to the long history of political violence that has persisted despite several peace processes; Mentions the social violence of children dying of malnutrition; Of the abuses against minors, that until October of the last year already passed of 18,000 denounces; Acid attacks on women, etc. The cruel murder of an eight-year-old girl recently happened in Bogotá is one more manifestation of the multiform violence that exists in Colombia, and that has raised the question of whether Colombia is truly an exceptionally violent country.


Andrés Fandiño-Losada, Universidad del Valle Cisalva

Investigador Asociado, Instituto Cisalva; Profesor Ad Honorem, Escuela de Salud Pública. Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia.

Rodrigo Guerrero, Universidad del Valle


MD graduated from the Universidad del Valle, Master in Epidemiology and PhD in Public Health from Harvard University. He is an expert in Violence Prevention. Elected mayor of Cali on two occasions. As a university professor, he has held various administrative positions such as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Rector of Universidad del Valle. He was Director of the Hospital Universitario del Valle. and director of the Carvajal Foundation. He has been a Consultant on multiple occasions at the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank and other international organizations. Founding member of VallenPaz, an NGO dedicated to rural development in conflict areas.


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Received 2017-02-20
Accepted 2017-02-23
Published 2024-06-06

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