Search

Drastic deterioration in security across Burkina Faso as 70,000 flee


Drastic deterioration in security across Burkina Faso as 70,000 flee their homes in past two months, UN warns

OCHAChildren in the Barsalogho IDP site in Burkina Faso (March 2019). Increased insecurity, violence, food crisis, floods and epidemics are among the factors that plunged Burkina Faso into a significant humanitarian crisis.5 March 2019Humanitarian Aid

The landlocked West African country of Burkina Faso is facing “unprecedented” displacement, triggered by armed groups and intercommunal clashes, and exacerbated by long-term food insecurity, UN aid officials said on Tuesday.

According to the UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, more than 70,000 have fled their homes in the last two months. Reports indicate that armed groups have also burnt schools and killed innocent civilians.

Increased insecurity, violence, a continuing food crisis, floods and epidemics are among the factors that have plunged Burkina Faso into a full-blown humanitarian crisis, with civilians traumatized after bearing witness to brutal attacks, and many have lost family members and most of their possessions, said an agency press release.

OCHA’s spokesperson Jens Laerke described a rise in intercommunal clashes since the second half of last year. “[These are] clashes between communities and armed groups which are fighting each other, fighting Government forces and attacking civilians. That really took off at the beginning of this year, there were some very violent clashes in the beginning of January”, he said, briefing journalists in Geneva.

On Tuesday, humanitarian partners said that US$100 million is needed to reach 898,000 people this year. Complementing this, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated $4 million to boost assistance to internally displaced people and host communities, and to also provide services for 15,500 women and girls.

The UN’s Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, who ended a four-day visit to the country on Tuesday, said that those funds will “make an immediate difference for displaced people, most of whom are women and children”.

Today, around 1.2 million people are in need of assistance in Burkina Faso’s Sahel, North, North-Centre and Eastern regions.

The $100 million appeal to assist 900,000 of those hardest-hit in the landlocked country is only 16 per cent funded, a month after it was launched.

Displacement and lack of basic services

As international displacement rates continue to grow, the country is already hosting 25,000 refugees, most of whom are from neighbouring Mali, to the north, which has also been wracked by instability, extremist violence, and clashes involving armed groups. 93 per cent of Malian refugees depend on humanitarian assistance to survive.

Ongoing violence has forced the closure of more than 1,100 schools, depriving around 150,000 children of education. Some 120,000 people have no access to medical care with many health centres shuttered or providing only minimal services.

After witnessing first-hand the depth of the humanitarian needs, Mr. Mueller reiterated the importance of providing “shelter, water, food and healthcare timely and sufficiently” to thousands of families who continue to flee due to persistent insecurity.

“Burkina Faso authorities and humanitarian actors have quickly provided assistance, however, more has to be done to meet growing needs of the affected people wherever they may be”, she said, adding that the “neutrality of aid workers” must be respected.

The UN agency stressed that more sustained funding is needed to ensure that people in the hardest-hit areas are reached with aid. Last year’s Humanitarian Response Plan remained severely underfunded, with only 55.2 per cent of the requirements met. 

Help us know what you think about UN News and ensure we meet your needs: take 4 minutes to take our survey!

♦ Receive daily updates directly in your inbox - Subscribe here to a topic.♦ Download the UN News app for your iOS or Android devices.BURKINA FASO|HUMANITARIAN AID

RELATED STORIES

Burkina Faso: UN dispatches experts to assess contamination in wake of floods

UN expert calls for support to protect Burkina Faso from terrorism threat

Ban urges calm, inclusive dialogue as mass protests sweep Burkina Faso capital

NEWS TRACKER: PAST STORIES ON THIS ISSUE

Burkina Faso: Dozens killed in clashes, UN chief condemns attacks

5 January 2019Peace and Security

More than 40 civilians have been reportedly killed during intercommunal clashes this week in northern Burkina Faso, prompting UN Secretary-General António Guterres to issue a statement on Friday night condemning the violence and “deteriorating security situation” in parts of the West African country.

RESOURCES

Navigate the NewsInformation for BroadcastersUN System LinksMedia AlertUN JournalMeetings CoverageAudiovisual Library

SECRETARY-GENERAL

All StatementsOfficial TravelsPress EncountersSG Twitter

SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE

Latest StatementsBriefing HighlightsBriefing TranscriptsNotes to Correspondents

FIND US

UN News AppFacebookTwitterYouTubeRSSContact UN NewsUNITED NATIONSA-Z Site IndexContactCopyrightFAQFraud AlertPrivacy NoticeTerms of UseSkip to main content

Drastic deterioration in security across Burkina Faso as 70,000 flee their homes in past two months, UN warns

OCHAChildren in the Barsalogho IDP site in Burkina Faso (March 2019). Increased insecurity, violence, food crisis, floods and epidemics are among the factors that plunged Burkina Faso into a significant humanitarian crisis.5 March 2019Humanitarian Aid

The landlocked West African country of Burkina Faso is facing “unprecedented” displacement, triggered by armed groups and intercommunal clashes, and exacerbated by long-term food insecurity, UN aid officials said on Tuesday.

According to the UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, more than 70,000 have fled their homes in the last two months. Reports indicate that armed groups have also burnt schools and killed innocent civilians.

Increased insecurity, violence, a continuing food crisis, floods and epidemics are among the factors that have plunged Burkina Faso into a full-blown humanitarian crisis, with civilians traumatized after bearing witness to brutal attacks, and many have lost family members and most of their possessions, said an agency press release.

OCHA’s spokesperson Jens Laerke described a rise in intercommunal clashes since the second half of last year. “[These are] clashes between communities and armed groups which are fighting each other, fighting Government forces and attacking civilians. That really took off at the beginning of this year, there were some very violent clashes in the beginning of January”, he said, briefing journalists in Geneva.

On Tuesday, humanitarian partners said that US$100 million is needed to reach 898,000 people this year. Complementing this, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated $4 million to boost assistance to internally displaced people and host communities, and to also provide services for 15,500 women and girls.

The UN’s Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, who ended a four-day visit to the country on Tuesday, said that those funds will “make an immediate difference for displaced people, most of whom are women and children”.

Today, around 1.2 million people are in need of assistance in Burkina Faso’s Sahel, North, North-Centre and Eastern regions.

The $100 million appeal to assist 900,000 of those hardest-hit in the landlocked country is only 16 per cent funded, a month after it was launched.

Displacement and lack of basic services

As international displacement rates continue to grow, the country is already hosting 25,000 refugees, most of whom are from neighbouring Mali, to the north, which has also been wracked by instability, extremist violence, and clashes involving armed groups. 93 per cent of Malian refugees depend on humanitarian assistance to survive.

Ongoing violence has forced the closure of more than 1,100 schools, depriving around 150,000 children of education. Some 120,000 people have no access to medical care with many health centres shuttered or providing only minimal services.

After witnessing first-hand the depth of the humanitarian needs, Mr. Mueller reiterated the importance of providing “shelter, water, food and healthcare timely and sufficiently” to thousands of families who continue to flee due to persistent insecurity.

“Burkina Faso authorities and humanitarian actors have quickly provided assistance, however, more has to be done to meet growing needs of the affected people wherever they may be”, she said, adding that the “neutrality of aid workers” must be respected.

The UN agency stressed that more sustained funding is needed to ensure that people in the hardest-hit areas are reached with aid. Last year’s Humanitarian Response Plan remained severely underfunded, with only 55.2 per cent of the requirements met. 

Help us know what you think about UN News and ensure we meet your needs: take 4 minutes to take our survey!

♦ Receive daily updates directly in your inbox - Subscribe here to a topic.♦ Download the UN News app for your iOS or Android devices.BURKINA FASO|HUMANITARIAN AID

RELATED STORIES

Burkina Faso: UN dispatches experts to assess contamination in wake of floods

UN expert calls for support to protect Burkina Faso from terrorism threat

Ban urges calm, inclusive dialogue as mass protests sweep Burkina Faso capital

NEWS TRACKER: PAST STORIES ON THIS ISSUE

Burkina Faso: Dozens killed in clashes, UN chief condemns attacks

5 January 2019Peace and Security

More than 40 civilians have been reportedly killed during intercommunal clashes this week in northern Burkina Faso, prompting UN Secretary-General António Guterres to issue a statement on Friday night condemning the violence and “deteriorating security situation” in parts of the West African country.

RESOURCES

Navigate the NewsInformation for BroadcastersUN System LinksMedia AlertUN JournalMeetings CoverageAudiovisual Library

SECRETARY-GENERAL

All StatementsOfficial TravelsPress EncountersSG Twitter

SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE

Latest StatementsBriefing HighlightsBriefing TranscriptsNotes to Correspondents

FIND US

UN News AppFacebookTwitterYouTubeRSSContact UN NewsUNITED NATIONSA-Z Site IndexContactCopyrightFAQFraud AlertPrivacy NoticeTerms of UseShareThis Copy and PasteSkip to main content   Drastic deterioration in security across Burkina Faso as 70,000 flee their homes in past two months, UN warns OCHA Children in the Barsalogho IDP site in Burkina Faso (March 2019). Increased insecurity, violence, food crisis, floods and epidemics are among the factors that plunged Burkina Faso into a significant humanitarian crisis. 5 March 2019 Humanitarian Aid The landlocked West African country of Burkina Faso is facing “unprecedented” displacement, triggered by armed groups and intercommunal clashes, and exacerbated by long-term food insecurity, UN aid officials said on Tuesday. According to the UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, more than 70,000 have fled their homes in the last two months. Reports indicate that armed groups have also burnt schools and killed innocent civilians. Increased insecurity, violence, a continuing food crisis, floods and epidemics are among the factors that have plunged Burkina Faso into a full-blown humanitarian crisis, with civilians traumatized after bearing witness to brutal attacks, and many have lost family members and most of their possessions, said an agency press release. OCHA’s spokesperson Jens Laerke described a rise in intercommunal clashes since the second half of last year. “[These are] clashes between communities and armed groups which are fighting each other, fighting Government forces and attacking civilians. That really took off at the beginning of this year, there were some very violent clashes in the beginning of January”, he said, briefing journalists in Geneva. On Tuesday, humanitarian partners said that US$100 million is needed to reach 898,000 people this year. Complementing this, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated $4 million to boost assistance to internally displaced people and host communities, and to also provide services for 15,500 women and girls. The UN’s Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, who ended a four-day visit to the country on Tuesday, said that those funds will “make an immediate difference for displaced people, most of whom are women and children”. Today, around 1.2 million people are in need of assistance in Burkina Faso’s Sahel, North, North-Centre and Eastern regions. The $100 million appeal to assist 900,000 of those hardest-hit in the landlocked country is only 16 per cent funded, a month after it was launched. Displacement and lack of basic services As international displacement rates continue to grow, the country is already hosting 25,000 refugees, most of whom are from neighbouring Mali, to the north, which has also been wracked by instability, extremist violence, and clashes involving armed groups. 93 per cent of Malian refugees depend on humanitarian assistance to survive. Ongoing violence has forced the closure of more than 1,100 schools, depriving around 150,000 children of education. Some 120,000 people have no access to medical care with many health centres shuttered or providing only minimal services. After witnessing first-hand the depth of the humanitarian needs, Mr. Mueller reiterated the importance of providing “shelter, water, food and healthcare timely and sufficiently” to thousands of families who continue to flee due to persistent insecurity. “Burkina Faso authorities and humanitarian actors have quickly provided assistance, however, more has to be done to meet growing needs of the affected people wherever they may be”, she said, adding that the “neutrality of aid workers” must be respected. The UN agency stressed that more sustained funding is needed to ensure that people in the hardest-hit areas are reached with aid. Last year’s Humanitarian Response Plan remained severely underfunded, with only 55.2 per cent of the requirements met.    Help us know what you think about UN News and ensure we meet your needs: take 4 minutes to take our survey! ♦ Receive daily updates directly in your inbox - Subscribe here to a topic. ♦ Download the UN News app for your iOS or Android devices. BURKINA FASO|HUMANITARIAN AID RELATED STORIES Burkina Faso: UN dispatches experts to assess contamination in wake of floods UN expert calls for support to protect Burkina Faso from terrorism threat Ban urges calm, inclusive dialogue as mass protests sweep Burkina Faso capital NEWS TRACKER: PAST STORIES ON THIS ISSUE Burkina Faso: Dozens killed in clashes, UN chief condemns attacks 5 January 2019Peace and Security More than 40 civilians have been reportedly killed during intercommunal clashes this week in northern Burkina Faso, prompting UN Secretary-General António Guterres to issue a statement on Friday night condemning the violence and “deteriorating security situation” in parts of the West African country. RESOURCES Navigate the News Information for Broadcasters UN System Links Media Alert UN Journal Meetings Coverage Audiovisual Library SECRETARY-GENERAL All Statements Official Travels Press Encounters SG Twitter SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE Latest Statements Briefing Highlights Briefing Transcripts Notes to Correspondents FIND US UN News App Facebook Twitter YouTube RSS Contact UN News UNITED NATIONS A-Z Site IndexContactCopyrightFAQFraud AlertPrivacy NoticeTerms of Use Skip to main content   Drastic deterioration in security across Burkina Faso as 70,000 flee their homes in past two months, UN warns OCHA Children in the Barsalogho IDP site in Burkina Faso (March 2019). Increased insecurity, violence, food crisis, floods and epidemics are among the factors that plunged Burkina Faso into a significant humanitarian crisis. 5 March 2019 Humanitarian Aid The landlocked West African country of Burkina Faso is facing “unprecedented” displacement, triggered by armed groups and intercommunal clashes, and exacerbated by long-term food insecurity, UN aid officials said on Tuesday. According to the UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, more than 70,000 have fled their homes in the last two months. Reports indicate that armed groups have also burnt schools and killed innocent civilians. Increased insecurity, violence, a continuing food crisis, floods and epidemics are among the factors that have plunged Burkina Faso into a full-blown humanitarian crisis, with civilians traumatized after bearing witness to brutal attacks, and many have lost family members and most of their possessions, said an agency press release. OCHA’s spokesperson Jens Laerke described a rise in intercommunal clashes since the second half of last year. “[These are] clashes between communities and armed groups which are fighting each other, fighting Government forces and attacking civilians. That really took off at the beginning of this year, there were some very violent clashes in the beginning of January”, he said, briefing journalists in Geneva. On Tuesday, humanitarian partners said that US$100 million is needed to reach 898,000 people this year. Complementing this, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated $4 million to boost assistance to internally displaced people and host communities, and to also provide services for 15,500 women and girls. The UN’s Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, who ended a four-day visit to the country on Tuesday, said that those funds will “make an immediate difference for displaced people, most of whom are women and children”. Today, around 1.2 million people are in need of assistance in Burkina Faso’s Sahel, North, North-Centre and Eastern regions. The $100 million appeal to assist 900,000 of those hardest-hit in the landlocked country is only 16 per cent funded, a month after it was launched. Displacement and lack of basic services As international displacement rates continue to grow, the country is already hosting 25,000 refugees, most of whom are from neighbouring Mali, to the north, which has also been wracked by instability, extremist violence, and clashes involving armed groups. 93 per cent of Malian refugees depend on humanitarian assistance to survive. Ongoing violence has forced the closure of more than 1,100 schools, depriving around 150,000 children of education. Some 120,000 people have no access to medical care with many health centres shuttered or providing only minimal services. After witnessing first-hand the depth of the humanitarian needs, Mr. Mueller reiterated the importance of providing “shelter, water, food and healthcare timely and sufficiently” to thousands of families who continue to flee due to persistent insecurity. “Burkina Faso authorities and humanitarian actors have quickly provided assistance, however, more has to be done to meet growing needs of the affected people wherever they may be”, she said, adding that the “neutrality of aid workers” must be respected. The UN agency stressed that more sustained funding is needed to ensure that people in the hardest-hit areas are reached with aid. Last year’s Humanitarian Response Plan remained severely underfunded, with only 55.2 per cent of the requirements met.    Help us know what you think about UN News and ensure we meet your needs: take 4 minutes to take our survey! ♦ Receive daily updates directly in your inbox - Subscribe here to a topic. ♦ Download the UN News app for your iOS or Android devices. BURKINA FASO|HUMANITARIAN AID RELATED STORIES Burkina Faso: UN dispatches experts to assess contamination in wake of floods UN expert calls for support to protect Burkina Faso from terrorism threat Ban urges calm, inclusive dialogue as mass protests sweep Burkina Faso capital NEWS TRACKER: PAST STORIES ON THIS ISSUE Burkina Faso: Dozens killed in clashes, UN chief condemns attacks 5 January 2019Peace and Security More than 40 civilians have been reportedly killed during intercommunal clashes this week in northern Burkina Faso, prompting UN Secretary-General António Guterres to issue a statement on Friday night condemning the violence and “deteriorating security situation” in parts of the West African country. RESOURCES Navigate the News Information for Broadcasters UN System Links Media Alert UN Journal Meetings Coverage Audiovisual Library SECRETARY-GENERAL All Statements Official Travels Press Encounters SG Twitter SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE Latest Statements Briefing Highlights Briefing Transcripts Notes to Correspondents FIND US UN News App Facebook Twitter YouTube RSS Contact UN News UNITED NATIONS A-Z Site IndexContactCopyrightFAQFraud AlertPrivacy NoticeTerms of UseShareThis Copy and Paste

Write to Us:

Advisory Committee: Yves Berthelot (France),  PV Rajagopal (India), Vandana Shiva (India), Oliver de Schutter (Belgium), Mazide N’Diaye (Senegal), Gabriela Monteiro (Brazil), Irakli Kakabadze (Georgia), Anne Pearson (Canada), Liz Theoharis (USA), Sulak Sivaraksa (Thailand), Jagat Basnet (Nepal), Miloon Kothari (India),  Irene Santiago (Philippines), Arsen Kharatyan (Armenia), Margrit Hugentobler (Switzerland), Jill Carr-Harris (Canada/India), Reva Joshee (Canada), Sonia Deotto (Mexico/Italy),Benjamin Joyeux (Geneva/France), Aneesh Thillenkery, Ramesh Sharma, Ran Singh (India)