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Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa with an area of 274,200 square kilometres, bordered by Mali to the northwest, Niger to the northeast, Benin to the southeast, Togo and Ghana to the south, and the Ivory Coast to the southwest. It has a population of 20,321,378. Wikipedia

Capital: Ouagadougou

Dialing code: +226

Population: 20.9 million (2020) World Bank

Currency: West African CFA franc

Continent: Africa

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Burkina Faso – Risk of famine

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On 4 October, civil society organizations in the Soum Province issued a communiqué warning of the death of eight children, supposedly due to famine, in Djibo (Soum province, Sahel region). On the same day, SERACOM, a food security actor in Djibo, alerted of households having spent more than three days without meals and a state of famine which could turn into a humanitarian catastrophe.

According to World Food Programme (WFP), 300,000 individuals are indeed in a pre-famine stage in Djibo which is under blockade since February 2022.

On 26 September, a commercial convoy carrying food and other vital items was attacked by a non-state armed group, causing the death of 10 civilians, 27 security forces and many injured. The market in Djibo is largely empty; DG ECHO and partners are exploring possible means to bring food to the population despite the blockade.

Humanitarian access is hampered by several impediments in Burkina Faso: explosive devices, irregular controls, or formal and informal administrative barriers. In Burkina Faso 4,9 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

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(DG ECHO)
Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
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(WFP)
SERACOM
Humanitarian Impact
  4,900,000
      Affected Persons
  8
        Deaths

OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.

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