6.3 Million People In Need Of Humanitarian Support In Burkina Faso -UN Warns

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The United Nations over the weekend warned that about 6.3 million people in Burkina Faso require humanitarian support and protection, adding that the country is facing an “unprecedented humanitarian crisis” and lacks the means to solve it.

The spokesperson for the UN chief Stéphane Dujarric, however, appealed for member states to provide funding.

“In Burkina Faso, our humanitarian colleagues say the country is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, with 6.3 million people in need of humanitarian support and protection,” he said.

“We along with our partners are supporting the Government’s efforts to meet people’s immediate needs.

“Working through the Humanitarian Response Plan, aid organizations have so far assisted more than 730,000 men, women and children across the country that’s this year alone. While this is a good start, it represents just 19 per cent of the 3.8 million people we are targeting to assist. Nearly halfway into the year, the $935 million Humanitarian Response Plan for 2024 is only 17 per cent funded at about $157 million.”

Armed terrorist groups have severed humanitarian access in many localities across the country and the region grapples with drought-related issues.