Geneva: The World Food Program warns that a staggering 700,000 people were food insecure in the West African country of Burkina Faso, which would thus have to face an unprecedented humanitarian emergency. In the past few months, internal conflicts have intensified in Burkina Faso, causing the forced displacement of more than 200,000 people in just six months. The starvation and unprecedented humanitarian emergency were attributed to the conflict, the World Food Programme (WFP) claimed.
David Beasley, the Executive Director of the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme, recently visited Burkina Faso. After the visit, the WFP informed about the dire situation in the African nations and underscored the crisis of famine. The internal conflicts are consistently intensifying in Burkina Faso for the last six months. They involve terror attacks as also kidnappings, killings and ethnic violence. The conflicts have caused the citizens to displace on a massive scale with more than 200,000 people rendered homeless in the last six months.
The constant conflicts have given rise to instability in the state. Schools, healthcare facilities and even camps of international groups had to be shut. The situation has, therefore made it difficult for the government as well as the international organisations to reach out and provide sufficient assistance to the locals, the UN World Food Program clarified. The stocks of food grains in the country are nearly depleted, and funds up to $35 million are necessary to supply the required assistance for food to the people of Burkina Faso, David Beasley stated.
Moreover, the World Food Program highlighted that the population of Burkina Faso was about 18 million, of which nearly 1 million children in the country were malnourished.