Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Burkina Faso, Ukraine, Sudan
TitleDaily Noon Briefing Highlights: Burkina Faso, Ukraine, Sudan
Nearly one fifth of Burkina Faso’s population urgently needs humanitarian aid. Credit: OCHA/Olympia de Maismont
Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 14 June 2022
Recent attacks on the town of Seytenga in the country’s Sahel region have led nearly 3,500 men, women and children to flee their homes, with this number continuing to climb.
We and our humanitarian partners are working to mobilize aid to the affected people as quickly as possible, with a rapid response – including food, shelter and health, among other areas – under way in the regional capital of Dori. The Resident Coordinator, Barbara Manzi, said in a statement that any violence against civilians is strictly prohibited by international humanitarian law: This is non-negotiable.
More than 1.9 million people – nearly two thirds of whom are children – are displaced in Burkina Faso due to the increasing fighting in the country. Nearly one fifth of the people urgently need humanitarian aid.
Burkina Faso’s 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan seeks $591 million to help 3 million of the most vulnerable people, but is only 15 per cent funded.
The situation in Donetsk remains extremely tense. Escalating hostilities since last week are taking an enormous toll on civilians, including aid workers living in the city. In the past 24 hours alone, civilians – including children – have been killed or injured.
Some of you have asked me about attacks on hospitals in Donetsk [which is not controlled by the Government], where at least five health facilities were hit by shelling, including a maternity ward. Our colleagues on the ground tell us that no one was killed or injured. Still, some pregnant women had to be transferred to other hospitals.
Unfortunately, the latest attack on hospitals is not new. Since the beginning of the war, the World Health Organization says there have been at least 295 attacks on health facilities across Ukraine, and the actual figures are likely much higher.
In Donetsk, critical infrastructure – including homes, schools, hospitals, and markets – were hit across the oblast over the past week. This has made life nearly unbearable for people who are also facing severe water shortages, and at times are unable to leave their homes for days on end due to the fighting.
We and our humanitarian partners continue to engage at the highest levels with the parties to the conflict and call on them to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.
This must also include protecting our humanitarian colleagues and facilitating the movement of relief supplies and personnel to areas where people need our support. Many lives are at stake.
Recent inter-communal clashes in West Darfur have led to the deaths of more than 100 people, with some 50,000 men, women and children forced to flee their homes. Many homes were destroyed and livestock looted.
If the security situation allows, we and our humanitarian partners plan to visit the area to assess what the needs are, as early as today, as well as to help register people impacted by the violence.
The violence in West Darfur and other states is preventing farmers from cultivating their land, which, with the start of the rains, is likely to lead to further food insecurity in Sudan.