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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Burkina Faso

08 juil 2020

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Displaced mothers prepare food at a UN-supported settlement in Barsologho in northern Burkina Faso, June 2019. Credit: OCHA/Giles Clarke

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 8 July 2020

Burkina Faso: Unprecedented internal displacement

Burkina Faso has become one of the fastest-growing displacement crises in the world in 2020.

The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Burkina Faso surged to 921,000 in June 2020 from 87,000 in January 2019 due to increasing insecurity, which has also worsened humanitarian access.

All of Burkina Faso’s 13 regions are affected, with 90 per cent of the displaced people living in host communities.

Insecurity, displacement and related factors have left more than 730,000 people in need of protection assistance, including IDPs, host communities, refugees and vulnerable people in conflict-affected communities.

The adverse socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 will affect all segments of the population, especially the most vulnerable. Moreover, the targeting of certain communities by security forces, in some cases, is increasing stigma and could fuel intercommunal tensions/conflict.

Food and nutrition insecurity have increased, and market disruptions will further affect areas hard hit by insecurity and displacement.

Food insecurity may more than triple to affect more than 2.1 million people in June 2020, according to forecasts.

The temporary suspension of schools has affected 5.1 million children in a context where more than half of children of primary and lower secondary school age were already out of school. 

The Food Security Cluster is targeting 1.8 million people in need of food assistance, and 10,000 households with livelihoods assistance.

The Protection Cluster is also supporting decongestion in IDP sites among other prevention measures. Some 33,500 people have been reached with training on how to protect themselves against the virus.

As of July, 2.9 million people need humanitarian assistance, compared with 2.2 million in January 2020, according to Burkina Faso’s revised Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).

The revised HRP seeks US$424 million (an increase of 34 per cent). It is only 22.8 per cent funded.