On 18 August, a non-state armed group attacked a convoy composed of local populations and security forces, including civilians engaged as combatants (‘Volontaires de Défense de la Patrie’ - VDP) around Boukouma village, Soum Province, Sahel region. According to the Government report, 14 police officers, 3 VDP and 30 civilians were killed, while 30 others have been wounded.
The conflict has caused 1,368,164 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) according to the National Emergency Response and Rehabilitation Council (CONASUR, July 2021). 55% of the IDPs are under 15 and 50% of adults are women.
The number of IDPs has seen a 45-fold increase in the last three years. The conflict generates multi-sectorial needs in affected populations. The Humanitarian Response Plan estimates a budgetary requirement of USD 607.9 million to meet the needs in 2021. As of today it is only 23% financed.