“Death was slowly creeping on us”: Living under siege in Burkina Faso

This photograph shows displaced families, who fled Jihadists’ attacks in northern and eastern Burkina Faso, in Gampela near Ouagadougou on October 6, 2022. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP)

Mounting crimes against civilians and abuse of civil liberties stemming from the security crisis in Burkina Faso are fueling a worsening humanitarian situation. The civilian death toll linked to violent extremist groups and the Burkinabe security forces has more than doubled from 762 in 2020 to 1,418 in 2022 and 1,312 in the first half of 2023. The violence displaced 2 million inside the country in 2023. The junta has stifled civil liberties penalizing citizens who dare to openly criticize it.

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Security Topics:  Sahel Security Trends