Admittedly by the UN, it is a “sad” record that has been reached in the Sahel. In this vast region of Africa, 2 million people have had to be displaced due to jihadist violence. In a statement, the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees calls for an end to the “relentless violence” in the Sahel, “which has displaced more than 2 million people within the borders of their country for the very first time”.
Internal displacement in the region – which includes Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger – “has quadrupled in just two years, as there were 490,000 internally displaced people at the start of 2019,” according to the agency. . More than half of the displaced people in the region are Burkinabés. Since the start of the year, violence in Niger and Burkina Faso has forced more than 21,000 people to flee their homes and seek refuge in their own countries, according to UNHCR.
In Burkina Faso, since December 31, a series of armed attacks in the town of Koumbri and neighboring villages in the north of the country have displaced more than 11,000 people. The Sahel also hosts more than 850,000 refugees, mainly from Mali.