Caritas Pledges Humanitarian Support for Families Displaced by Terrorism in Burkina Faso

Credit: Caritas Internationalis (CI)

Caritas Burkina Faso, supported by Caritas Internationalis (CI) will be providing aid and support aimed at strengthening livelihoods of vulnerable families displaced by terrorism in the West African nation. 

In a Monday, November 27 report, CI officials say terrorism coupled with harsh climatic conditions and lack of government assistance has left many Burkinabe men, women, and children exposed to further risks including malnutrition, violence, and exploitation.

“In view of the humanitarian situation and in coordination with other humanitarian actors, OCADES-Caritas Burkina with the support of Caritas Internationalis plans to provide aid and various support to strengthen the livelihoods of vulnerable families including food and nutritional supplements, drinking water, and livestock products,” they say. 

They add, “Due to rising insecurity, drought, and flooding, many vulnerable populations within Burkina Faso are without adequate resources to meet their basic needs.”

In the report, Dadjoa Mano, explains the dire situation he has been living in since he was displaced from his home.


“God knows what we lost. Our groundnut, sesame, and millet fields are all gone. One day armed groups burst into our village and asked us to leave on the same day. We were forced to leave in the afternoon. Luckily, I didn’t lose any of my family,” Mano says.

The former resident of Natchanbouri village says he has been forced to live in very difficult conditions and to beg for food for his household of 25 people. 

Besides lacking food, Mano says his household does not have access to latrines or boreholes for sanitation.

Similarly, Sibila Compaore and her six children were forced to leave their home because of insecurity.

“There is no worse suffering than this situation in which we find ourselves since our arrival four months ago,” Sibila says, adding that her family lacks adequate food, rent money, and employment opportunities.

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At least 2.1 million people have been displaced internally due to insecurity in Burkina Faso with 2.3 million others being food insecure according to an October 31 United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) report

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Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.