Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso: UNHCR Operational Update, 1 September to 31 October 2020

Situation Report
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In the context of the election in Cote d’Ivoire, UNHCR preventively developed a contingency plan, which is ready to be activated if needed. So far, no arrivals of Ivorian nationals have been reported.

UNHCR continues to support displaced and host community children’s access to education.

UNHCR built seven classrooms, two administrative blocks and several latrines in Dori amounting to USD 213,000.

Operational Context

The security situation remains volatile, with continued attacks targeting the Defense and Security Forces (DFS) and civilians, particularly those suspected of collaborating with the DFS. Criminality is also on the rise. Humanitarian access remains a challenge in several areas of the country. In early October in the Centre North, armed assailants killed 25 men in front of their families in an ambush on their convoy as they returned home hoping for improved security. With growing insecurity and rising numbers of forced movements in the eastern region, UNHCR has established a field presence through two staff members, in Fada N’Gourma.

Climate events and the COVID-19 pandemic are worsening the living conditions of more than 1 million persons displaced due to violence. The rainy season in Burkina Faso, which runs from May to September has brought particularly heavy rainfalls and strong winds this year. The floods affected all 13 regions, causing the death of 41 people, injuring 112, and leaving 12,378 families without shelter. UNHCR has been calling on authorities to identify land where IDPs currently living in flood prone areas could be relocated.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which started in March, is adding to an already extremely complex humanitarian situation. Burkina Faso faces second wave of COVID-19, as of 31 October, there were 2,508 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 67 deaths and 2,273 recoveries.

In the context of the election in Cote d’Ivoire, UNHCR and sensitized all partners in the neighboring region of the Cascades on the situation and the importance of alerting UNHCR of any cross-border movements.
UNHCR has developed a contingency plan but, so far, it has not been activated as no arrivals of Ivorian nationals have been reported.