Burkina Faso: Overview of the humanitarian situation (as of 18 January 2019)
Burkina Faso’s security and humanitarian situation has deteriorated further with persistent armed attacks in Sahel, Nord and Est regions. Intercommunity tensions at the start of the year in Centre-Nord and Sahel regions turned into violent clashes, claiming 49 lives and displacing around 12,000 people. On 11 January, the Government extended for six months the state of emergency in 14 regions. Continuing attacks and insecurity risk impeding humanitarian operations and preventing affected people from accessing aid. The country has been hit by a worsening spate of attacks by armed groups. In 2018, 223 security incidents were recorded in the affected regions. The unprecedented crisis has uprooted 60,171 people from their homes.
Insecurity has forced the closure of 790 schools and deprived 99,000 children of education, while around 105,000 people have no access to medical care. The humanitarian community is now requesting for US$100 million to assist 1.2 million people in 2019.