The United Nations says Burkina Faso is experiencing the world’s fastest growing displacement crisis.
According to the global body, more than one million people have fled their homes over the past two years.
As of January 2021, more than 2 million people – about 10 per cent of Burkina Faso’s population – were struggling to feed themselves.
UN said vital basic services, particularly education and health, have been disrupted due to conflicts – a situation further exacerbated by the outbreak of the covid19 pandemic.
UN Deputy emergency Relief Coordinator, Ramesh Rajasingham, who arrived in Burkina Faso this week, said the Sahel country will need about $607 million to help 2.9 million people.
This information was relayed Tuesday by Stéphane Dujarric – spokesperson for the UN secretary general during the organization’s daily briefing.