Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso - Conflict, Covid-19 (ECHO Daily Flash of 30 March 2020)

  • On 28 March, at least 10 people were killed by an armed group, which attacked a local market in the Centre North region of Burkina Faso. Since the beginning of 2020, at least 354 incidents, involving non-state armed groups were recorded (114 targeted civilians).

  • The humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso represents the fastest growing forced displacement crisis in Africa. Over 775,000 people are internally displaced (IDPs) within the country. This is a significant increase in the number of forced displacement, compared to December 2018.

  • From 9 to 27 March, the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 has increased from 1 to 207. Among those, 2 cases were reported in the Centre North region, which hosts 50% of the IDPs. The country is facing several challenges to address this crisis due to its fragile health system.

  • Humanitarian actors responding to the displacement crisis in Burkina Faso are adapting their operations to slow down the spread of the virus.