While the world has been captivated by news headlines covering Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the human rights catastrophe following the Taliban’s invasion in Afghanistan last summer, and the ongoing plight of those living in poverty in Liberia, little public attention has been directed to another country in desperate need of humanitarian aid – Burkina Faso.
Since 2016, violence from local extremist groups within Burkina Faso has been on the rise, causing a growing number of people to be displaced.
Recent reports show the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Burkina Faso has recently reached a staggering 2 million.
“Some of the host cities have doubled or tripled in size in the past three years, and their infrastructures are often stretched to a breaking point,” Hassane Hamadou, country director for the Norwegian Refugee Council, told AP News. “Schools can’t absorb all the new children, water points can’t provide enough for all. Hundreds of thousands are left without access to an education, clean water, or healthcare as a result.”