Burkina Faso is grappling with an unprecedented humanitarian emergency due to a sudden escalation of violence 1.2 million people need humanitarian assistance.
More than 136,000 people have been uprooted from their homes. Two-thirds of them since the start of the year alone.
More than 95 per cent of the displaced are in host communities Over 950 schools have been forced shut, depriving 119,000 children of education.
Burkina Faso is faced with an unprecedented scale of population displacement. As of March, more than 136,000 people had been displaced from their homes. Over two-thirds of them have been uprooted since the start of 2019, representing an average of 1,000 people displaced every day. Around 11,000 people have also fled to neighbouring Mali for safety.
The authorities and aid organizations are working to increase assistance to the displaced. Relief efforts are underway to improve food, water, health services and protection of affected civilians against abuse and violations. The National Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Council (CONASUR) is leading Government aid operations with support from by NGOs and UN aid agencies.
Tensions and insecurity persist in many localities hit by the inter-ethnic clashes. Many of the displaced are still traumatised and afraid to return. The authorities, aid groups and other actors are mulling alternatives to resettle the displaced in other communities as well as peaceful and sustainable dispute resolution to eventually allow them return home.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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