Violence in the Sahel: Over 700,000 Civilians Flee Their Homes
Countries in the Central Sahel region are currently sheltering more than 700,00 refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs).
In the last 12 months, over 700,000 women, men and children have fled their homes in Burkina Faso following attacks on civilians by militant groups in the region. Attacks on civilians have increased drastically in recent months and over 150,000 people fleeing in the past few weeks alone.
In neighbouring Niger, thousands more have fled attacks on villages, arriving in Mali in search of safety. They are joined by internally displaced Malians who are also fleeing attacks by militants in their own country.
UNHCR is alarmed by the dramatic increase of attacks on civilians and calls for the protection of civilians fleeing violence in the region.
The number of people forced to flee their homes in Burkina Faso rose 10-fold in 2019. That's more than half a million people displaced inside the country.— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) February 5, 2020
90% of the people @FilippoGrandi saw were women and children. pic.twitter.com/ph7ixDcUXw
How You Can Help
UNHCR is funded almost entirely by donations from individuals, corporations, and governments. When you support UNHCR’s projects such as the Central Sahel Emergency, you are contributing directly to providing emergency relief to refugees and internally displaced persons in the Central Sahel region who need it most.
Your generous gift enables UNHCR to provide refugees fleeing violence in the Central Sahel with the critical humanitarian resources they urgently require. We are on the ground providing immediate humanitarian aid to those arriving, departing or already currently living in Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali.
UNHCR is assisting over 1 million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger fleeing violence.
Your donation can help protect Refugees
Over one million refugees and IDPs in the Central Sahel could use your help in finding a safe place to call home. With your support, we can reduce risks and strengthen protection.