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Colombian food shortages have reached critical mass, with thousands of people across the country needing food assistance.
The country’s food security crisis has become so acute that it has become a major concern for international aid agencies, including the World Food Program, the United Nations and the European Union.
The crisis has affected at least 15 million people, according to a report from the United Nation’s humanitarian agency.
The country has the second highest number of food insecurity per capita in Latin America, according a report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The crisis affects the poorest Colombians, many of whom are living in overcrowded slums and are unable to afford to eat.
Many of those without food have resorted to smuggling.
This year alone, Colombia reported that 2,000 people have died in food smuggling.
The report says that the crisis is being exacerbated by the recent arrival of migrants from neighboring Ecuador.