World Burkina Faso: The number of people fleeing violence reaches an unprecedented level

16:45  24 july  2021
16:45  24 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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In Burkina Faso, the number of people forced to flee violence accelerates and reaches an unprecedented level, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees. The humanitarian organization reiterates its appeal to concerted action for peace and stability in this country.

attached by RFI, Fatoumata Sinkoun Kaba, Spokesperson for the UNHCR for Central and West Africa, reports more and more people displaced inside Burkina Faso but also people obliged to take refuge in neighboring countries.

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"Population displacements in Burkina Faso as we see today, it is never seen. We have crossed the 1.3 million displaced people in the country. Their displacement is passed almost in all regions where there are attacks. For example, just in the first half of this year, we still had more than 237,000 people who were forced to flee their homes. We also have a new phenomenon that widens, that is Burkinabe crossing the border to go to neighboring countries to take refuge. There, there are about 38,000 including almost half over the past few months. The Burkinabe did not usually cross the border. We have seen the crisis accentuate gradually since 2015 and get worsening, and it is now that we observe movements to neighboring countries - for now, we have Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, the Niger, but also Benin - which still reports a deterioration of the security situation in Burkina.

Burkina Faso has been facing jihadist attacks more and more frequent and deadly from the support group to Islam and Muslims, affiliated with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and the Islamic state group at Grand Sahara (Eigs).

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