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Burkina Faso: Insecurity is making humanitarian access more difficult

02 Jun 2020


Credit: UNICEF

Increasing insecurity in Burkina Faso is making humanitarian access more difficult, particularly in the Sahel, North, Centre-North and East regions.

This past weekend, about 50 people lost their live in three separate attacks in these regions. This is the deadliest violence since March, when 43 civilians were killed following two attacks on villages in the north.

Some 2.2 million people in Burkina Faso need humanitarian assistance, up from 1.5 million in December 2019. More than 860,000 people are internally displaced.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, aid organizations are delivering life-saving assistance and reprioritizing and ensuring that their programmes also ensure the safety of beneficiaries and humanitarian workers. 

The humanitarian community needs US$371 million for the humanitarian and COVID-19 response in Burkina Faso. So far, only 21 per cent of the funds have been received.