Tehran, 8 September 2022 (TDI): The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Nasser Kanaani, on Wednesday condemned the attack by terror groups on a humanitarian aid convoy in Northern Burkina Faso.

Incident in Burkina Faso

On Monday, the incident occurred as the military-led convoy was supplying towns in the restive north on the road between Bourzanga and Djibo. One of the vehicles carrying civilians in convoy hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region.

The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Nasser Kanaani, expressed his deep sympathies with the government of Burkina Faso.
He also expressed his sympathies with the nation of Burkina Faso and the families affected by the attack.

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The provisional toll of civilian causalities is 35 dead and 37 injured. At the start of August, 15 soldiers died in the same area in a double IED blast.

Conflict in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa whose name translates to the “Land of Incorruptible People.” The country is among the ten poorest in the world, making it stand on the precipice of uncontrollable humanitarian crises.

The tri-border area has been in the grip of an insurgency for over a decade. Much of the confrontation has been concentrated in the north and east, led by jihadists suspected to have links to al-Qaida or the Islamic State group.

Reportedly, their attacks largely target communities that had formed local civil defense groups.

In 2021, there was a marked deterioration in Burkina Faso’s human rights and security situation as attacks and atrocities by armed Islamist groups surged.

According to the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations report, more than 1.8 million people are internally displaced due to violence.

In addition, it is estimated that over 3.5 million Burkinabe will need humanitarian aid, including 3.4 million severely food insecure during the year 2022, aggravating food crises across the country.

15% of the population is currently food insecure in the country. Especially vulnerable are pregnant women and newborn children. Right now, 1 in 10 children in Burkina Faso is facing malnutrition.

With health facilities severely affected by the fighting happening across the country, over 1.9 million individuals have restricted access to health care.