Burkina Faso: Insufficient and Inadequate Support for 46,000 Malian Refugees
Access to food, water, and basic shelter continues to deteriorate for refugees from Mali in makeshift camps in a desert region of Burkina Faso, said the international medical humanitarian organization MSF on Monday.
More than a quarter million people have fled to Mali’s interior and neighboring countries since fighting erupted between Tuareg rebels and the Malian army earlier this year. Since mid January, 46,000 Malians have taken refuge in Burkina Faso, with the vast majority in Oudalan province in the north, a desert area where humanitarian aid is very limited. MSF teams are providing emergency medical aid in the refugee camps, where needs outstrip resources.
Photo: Burkina Faso 2012 © Aurelie Baumel/MSF
Malian refugees fleeing conflict have come to find refuge in northern Burkina Faso, mainly in the provinces of Soum and Oudalan.