Ouahigouya, 6 October 2022 (TDI): The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced to support of government efforts to provide relief to internally displaced people of Burkina Faso.

The situation in Burkina Faso

The enormity of the sites where internally displaced people were being received at Ouahigouya, the capital of the northern area of Yatenga, tells how much has to be fulfilled to address the humanitarian catastrophe brought on by the terrorist attacks.

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Burkina Faso, like some countries in the Sahel, has been facing an acute security crisis causing massive population movements in almost all regions of the country since 2015.

The country had 1.52 million internally displaced people at the end of April 2022 and 3.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the statistics from the Burkinabè government.

Government activities

The first site was opened by the government in March 2020 and welcomed 6,000 people, mainly from the municipality of Barga.

Moreover, the second one was set up in December 2021 and could accommodate 10,000 people, mainly from the city of Titao.

As the number of displaced persons has increased, several demands, including those for food, shelter, survival gear, education, health, and nutrition, as well as water, cleanliness, and sanitation have also increased.

AfDB’s assistance

The AfDB has set up the Emergency Humanitarian Aid Project for Internally Displaced Persons (PAPDIP) whose objective is to help improve the living conditions and resilience of these people in the Centre-Nord and Nord regions.

Apart from this, 358 tonnes of cereals were acquired with the help of the African Development Bank in order to supply food for at least 40,000 internally displaced people.

Additionally, it paid for the building of 300 shelters and gave 1,000 displaced households mats and blankets which were mostly for children, women, and the elderly, whose vulnerability had grown as a result of the severe weather plaguing the area.