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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Burkina Faso - Syria

09 Feb 2021

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Displaced mothers prepare food at a UN-supported settlement in Barsologho in the north of Burkina Faso (May 2019). © UNOCHA/Giles Clarke

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 9 February 2021

Burkina Faso

Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator a.i. Ramesh Rajasingham and government and donor representatives have today in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, launched the country’s 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan.

The appeal is seeking US$607 to help 2.9 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, representing 43 per cent increase in cost compared to the amount sought in mid-2020. This is mainly due to the larger number of people targeted (61 per cent more than in January 2020), and increasing unit costs of delivering aid, including due to COVID-19 related measures.

Burkina Faso is experiencing the fastest-growing displacement crisis globally due to conflict and worsening insecurity. More than one million people have fled their homes over the past two years.

Food insecurity has increased dramatically in areas where livelihoods have been upset by insecurity and displacement and climate-related effects.

As of January 2021, more than 2 million people – about 10 per cent of Burkina Faso’s population – were struggling to feed themselves with insecurity driving hunger.

Vital basic services, particularly education and health, have been disrupted. Almost 2,400 schools are closed in affected areas, depriving 350,000 children of education and putting them at risk of exploitation and abuse. 964,000 people have no access to medical care.

Despite the challenges, the humanitarian community in Burkina Faso continues to sustain and scale up assistance to those who need it tripling aid deliveries since 2019.

During his mission this week in Burkina Faso and Senegal, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ramesh Rajasingham will meet with affected people, national authorities, humanitarian and development partners as well as the diplomatic community and donors.

He visited the area of Djibo today and will go to Kaya in the Center North tomorrow. Both areas have been hard-hit by insecurity.

 

Syria

The UN remains concerned about the situation of almost 62,000 people living at Al Hol camp, 93 per cent of whom are women and children, including more than 31,000 children under 12.

The UN and its humanitarian partners continue to provide comprehensive and life-saving assistance at Al Hol, including through food, clean drinking water, health facilities, shelter, and a range of other services, including sanitation, nutrition, education and protection.

To help protect families against cold winter temperatures, close to 4,000 tents have been replaced, and essential items distributed, including heating fuel, blankets and winter clothes.

But even with this assistance, humanitarian conditions at Al Hol undoubtedly remain challenging. The recent increase in violent events at the camp underscores that the camp is no place for any child to grow up.

The UN stresses the need for full and regular humanitarian access to the camp so that all residents continue to receive essential assistance.

The UN also emphasizes that durable solutions for all residents – whether Syrian, Iraqi, or from another country – are needed, noting that any returns must be voluntary, safe, fully informed and dignified.