Burkina Faso crisis – level 3

13-06-2024 07:00

The United Nations reports that over three million people have been forced to flee their homes this year in central Sahel countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger.

This displacement is due to conflict and climate change. In Burkina Faso, more than 20,000 people have been killed by armed groups. Those living in shelters in the northeast struggle to find food, water, and medical services. Aid agencies say the conflict in this region is one of the most neglected, with thousands killed by groups linked to Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Government forces struggle to control the violence that has lasted for years. Nearly a million people are living in unsafe conditions, often trapped in towns. Aid workers try to reach those still in villages, where they face constant danger and lack necessities.

There is a deep sense of discrimination in global solidarity, as most neglected crises are in Africa. Burkina Faso has been under a military government since a coup in 2022. The leader prioritizes security, the economy, and a return to civilian rule.

Difficult words: neglected (ignored), discrimination (the different treatment of a person or particular group), prioritize (to treat something as more important than other things).

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What are some of the challenges faced by those living in shelters in the northeast of Burkina Faso, and how are aid agencies trying to address them?


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