Saturday, February 13, 2021

Burkina Faso's unnoticed humanitarian crisis

Burkina Faso has been going through a humanitarian crisis for over five years now, and this is the first I have heard about it.

The small West African country is one of the world's poorest, finding itself in the bottom twenty by GDP by most measures. The current sectarian violence is happening at the hands of unspecified (at least in this article) "extremists". Most of the reports I have found seem to go out of their way to avoid using the word "Muslim" - I guess that's politically incorrect these days - although an MSF report does manage to describe the extremists as "jihadis", which is a bit of a give-away. So yes, sorry, this is another religious war.

At any rate, this is one of the world's fastest-growing displacement and refugee crises, with more than a million people displaced from their homes. An estimated 3.5 million of the country's 20 million inhabitants are in dire need of assistance, and more than 2,000 people have been killed in the last year alone.

You read about Yemen, Syria, Libya, Myanmar, and any number of other sad cases. This, I think, is the first time I have seen Burkina Faso mentioned in the news EVER, for any reason at all.

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