Burkina Faso

Displacement Situation

DRC has been present in Burkina Faso since 2013, initially to support the tens of thousands of Malian refugees fleeing the conflict there, but increasingly to support the growing numbers of internally displaced Burkinabe civilians as well.

The last five years have seen a dramatic collapse in security across the country, and today Burkina Faso faces a displacement and security crisis unprecedented in the state’s 60-year history. In 2019 alone, displacement grew by nearly 550%, and as of mid-2020, Burkina Faso is home to nearly one million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and 2.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, representing a full 10% of the national population.

DRC Response

The dramatic and on-going increase in humanitarian needs means that DRC’s presence in Burkina Faso is more important than ever. Therefore, in keeping with DRC’s mandate and commitment to ensuring that displaced people can lead dignified lives, DRC has significantly expanded its operations in Burkina Faso.

DRC is now among the leading humanitarian actors in the country, providing live-saving assistance and seeking durable solutions for more than 30,000 displaced people in 2019 and 2020. The conflict in Burkina Faso is evolving rapidly, and DRC will be here every step of the way to ensure those affected by the conflict can continue their lives in safety and dignity.

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