Colombia said on Tuesday it would speed social investment of $391.6 million earmarked for southwestern Cauca province, where indigenous communities and political candidates have been recent targets for violence by crime gangs and dissident rebels.
The spending will include subsidies for poor families, road construction, help for economic projects and improvements in health coverage, education and nutrition.
Twelve people have been killed in two attacks by armed groups in the province over the past week, including seven members of indigenous communities.
In September, mayoral candidate Karina Garcia was killed along with five others in the town of Suarez.
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