Eight villages in the municipality of Mangodara, in the province of Comoé, in the southwestern part of the country, on the border with the Ivory Coast, have been abandoned by their population. For about a week, thousands of families have left to take refuge in Mangodara, the capital of the city or on the other side of the border. They are fleeing from insecurity.
“In one week, almost 2,000 people came to Mangodara,” explains a remarkable figure for the city. Most host families. Others are housed in a school. But according to a local authority, the establishment’s reception capacity is already saturated. “In Mangodara, we are about 10,000 inhabitants. It is not easy to welcome all these people, but it is solidarity that prevails “, the remarkable continues.
Residents of the surrounding villages are fleeing the violence, which has intensified for ten days. On Friday, September 3, gunmen entered the city of Sirakoro to kidnap a man accused of being an “informant” by the authorities.
During the night of 9 to 10 September, a volunteer for the defense of the motherland was murdered in Noumoukiédougou and his mother was injured. “We meet armed men, sometimes they preach in the villages. We know that this is how it started in the northern and eastern part of the country, ”explains a local resident.
Some villagers preferred to cross the Comoé River to cross the Ivory Coast, as “people are so scared that they no longer dare to take the road”, a local authority concludes.
1.4 million displaced people In a statement dated Monday, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) warns of new violence in Burkina Faso and its impact on the population. The country has had 275,000 new displaced persons since April. In total, more than 1.4 million people are now internally displaced persons, mostly in the Sahel region in the northern part of the country. Displacement of populations that have a strong impact on the population’s food security.
Since April, there has been a fairly sharp rise in violence. A very precarious situation for the displaced during a period known as the lean period, when the grain rooms are almost empty. There is not much to eat before the next harvest. All this creates an extremely insecure climate for these displaced people, who also do not benefit from adequate humanitarian aid.
Tom Peyre-Costa, NRC Regional Spokesman
There are currently internally displaced persons in 274 municipalities in the 13 regions of the country, most of these displaced persons have received food aid on 38,000 tonnes of food with priority to municipalities that are plagued by insecurity. More than 2 billion CFA francs were also transferred to these internally displaced persons and host populations, according to Laurence Marshall Ilboudo, Minister for Women, National Solidarity, Family and Humanitarian Action. In order to obtain reliable figures on the number of internally displaced persons, the government intends to set up a new calculation system.
We will work on installing the PDI card. We will give each card in the family a card with a barcode. In case of mobility, they only need to give this barcode and will be taken care of in the same way as they were. But there will be no more duplicates on the lists. We will have real reliable books.
Laurence Marshall Ilboudo Minister for National Solidarity, Family and Humanitarian Aid