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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Burkina Faso

24 Jul 2020


A displaced mother with her son at a UN-supported settlement in Barsologho in the north of Burkina Faso, June 2019. 
Credit: OCHA/Giles Clarke

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 24 July 2020

Burkina Faso: Unprecedented internal displacement

The crisis in Burkina Faso has become one of the fastest-growing displacement crises in the world this year.

The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) rose by more than 57,000 people in June alone, reaching nearly 1 million, according to national authorities. This is an increase of more than 1,000 per cent compared with 87,000 people in January 2019.

The humanitarian community has expanded its footprint in the country since last year. In the first quarter of 2020, the UN and humanitarian partners have reached nearly 1 million people with humanitarian assistance.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN and humanitarian partners have been supporting the government-led response with scaling up laboratory capacity; providing medical supplies and primary health-care services; installing handwashing facilities in public places and displacement sites; and providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene to the most vulnerable.

In addition, some 250,000 people were reached with food assistance and 10,000 households with livelihood assistance.

In response to the increasing displacement, climate-related and seasonal effects on food and nutritional security and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has increased the number of people in need of assistance from 2.2. million to 2.9 million, the UN and humanitarian partners in Burkina Faso are now seeking US$424 million to address the humanitarian needs of 2.2 million people.