Burkina Faso Crisis Threatens Neighbors

Burkina Faso is facing an “unprecedented” humanitarian crisis that has forced 70,000 people from their homes in the past 2 months, CGTN Africa reports.

Threatening to spill over into neighboring countries, the unrest could destabilize a vast swath of west Africa, The Guardian reports.
 
The country’s ongoing food crisis has been exacerbated by escalating clashes between armed groups who have reportedly burned schools and killed scores of civilians.
 
With government health, education and infrastructure services sorely lacking, neglected populations have joined armed groups that have “promised, and delivered, more services than the state,” according to The Guardian. They have been deployed for daily attacks on schools, police—“any symbol of the state.”
 
Over a million people are in need of assistance, according to the UN. Humanitarian groups have appealed for $100 million in assistance funding; a month after its launch, it is just 16% funded.

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