Field Operation

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is facing the worst humanitarian crisis in its history. In 2023, nearly one in 10 people in Burkina Faso had been displaced by conflict. The impact of the multidimensional crisis and political instability on the most vulnerable people has deepened since the beginning of 2023, including for some 840,000 people living in areas cut off from the rest of the country by non-State armed groups, whose access to basic commodities and services, fields and grazing areas and assistance is therefore increasingly limited. The violence affects more than 11 of the country's 13 regions, mainly affecting civilians, and particularly women and children. Humanitarian access continues to be severely constrained in several areas, including the Sahel, East, North and Center North regions.

Burkina Faso

Protection Issues

Key protection risks include attacks on civilians and infrastructure, including schools and water points, the presence of mines and improvised explosive device, child recruitment into armed groups, gender-based violence, and barriers and/or restrictions to access to documentation, housing and land.

Burkina Faso

Cluster Operation

The Protection Cluster in Burkina Faso was activated in 2019 to ensure the coordination of protection interventions in emergencies and to respond to the protection needs of persons affected by conflict and disasters. It is composed of the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Area of Responsibility (AoR), the Child Protection (CP) Area of Responsibility (AoR), the Mine Action (MA) Working Group and a Housing, Land, and Property Working Group. The Protection Cluster is led by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and co-coordinated by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC).

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Protection Cluster Team

Jacques Ajaruvwa Wathum


Mairama Cissé

Danish Refugee Council (INGO)

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