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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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In a distressing incident on August 10, a humanitarian heavy load helicopter became the target of gunfire while en route to the besieged town of Djibo, a vital destination for the delivery of essential food supplies. Despite enduring the attack, the helicopter managed to execute a safe landing; however, the extent of the damages sustained rendered it incapable of resuming flights. This unsettling event has prompted the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) to take the immediate decision of suspending all humanitarian flights, including the operations of the EU Humanitarian Air Flight (EU HAF). The suspension will remain in place pending a comprehensive investigation and a thorough security assessment.

As tensions in the region escalate and civilian populations find themselves increasingly in the crossfire, critical supply routes, key infrastructural assets, and the dedicated personnel providing humanitarian aid have been relentlessly targeted. This surge in violence and obstructionism has created an arduous environment for humanitarian efforts, severely curtailing access to millions of individuals in dire need. Instances of ambushes, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and other obstacles have combined to further constrain the already limited humanitarian space.

The airlift operation, which plays a pivotal role in transporting not only hundreds of humanitarian workers but also more than 800 metric tons of life-sustaining food and nutrition provisions each month, has now been halted. This operation serves as the last remaining lifeline to reach hundreds of thousands of individuals grappling with food insecurity, confined within locales suffering under blockade. Particularly alarming is the plight of 300,000 people in Djibo, who now face an escalated risk of famine due to the disruption of aid deliveries.

This latest incident underscores the grave challenges faced by humanitarian organizations and their valiant workers as they strive to address the pressing needs of vulnerable populations amidst a backdrop of mounting conflict and insecurity. The international community remains resolute in its commitment to restoring safe and unimpeded access to those in crisis, yet the road ahead is fraught with uncertainties as investigations unfold and critical assessments take place.

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Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
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Humanitarian Impact
  300,000
      Affected Persons

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

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