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Burkina Faso: Barsalogho, epicenter of a growing humanitarian crisis

"It is the fastest growing humanitarian crisis in the world," said Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), as he visited Barsalogho, a small town in north-central Burkina Faso, a region which is hosting 270,000 displaced people and refugees fleeing jihadist and intercommunity violence."In February 2019, there were 60,000 displaced people in Burkina.There must be more than 600,000 today.People are afraid," said Egeland, Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.The number is expected to reach 900,000 by April.Violence continues to force families to leave their homes."

Burkina Faso, bordering Mali and Niger, is facing jihadist attacks, which have left more than 750 dead since 2015.Under-equipped and poorly trained, Burkinabé law enforcement agencies cannot stem the spiral According to the UN, jihadist attacks in Mali, Niger and Burkina killed 4,000 in 2019.

In the sector 2 camp, children are peeping on a small playground while women prepare the meal.An ocean of white square tents surrounds hangars.Tahibata Ouédraogo, mother of three, has lived there for five months.we fled the attacks at Guiendbila [40 km north of Barsalogho].We tried to return after some time but were stopped by terrorists who whipped us, then executed the apprentice driver of the vehicle transporting us Explains Tahibata, throat tied, still in shock.

"Suddenly, these are killings"

Posted Date: 2020-06-11

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