Deaths rise in Burkina Faso, more than 480 civilians perished in jihadist attacks

Burkina Faso.- More than 480 civilians died in jihadist attacks in Burkina Faso between May and August, in addition to the increase in the number of displaced persons in recent months, with more than 270,000 people “forced to flee by the new wave of violence“which has been going on since April, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) reported on Monday.

This organization that works with “urgent humanitarian needs” in the country also expressed its concern, since an average of 55 thousand people have been forced to flee their homes each month, almost three times more than the monthly figures between October 2020 and March 2021.

In total, more than 1.4 million people were forced to leave their towns in Burkina Faso as a result of the attacks.

“The slowness and lack of humanitarian response forces the population to choose between insecurity and hunger”, the NRC alerted in a statement.

A poor West African country, Burkina Faso has faced frequent and bloody jihadist attacks since 2015, particularly in the northern and eastern regions.

These attacks, attributed to jihadist groups affiliated with the Islamic State group and Al Qaida, caused more than 1,500 deaths, according to local authorities.

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More than 1.3 million displaced people “benefited from food assistance of 38,000 tons in all regions of the country”they added.

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