Spain’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and Cáritas this Thursday activated the humanitarian action agreement they maintain to help nearly 6,800 people displaced by violence in Burkina Faso.

In this way, AECID is providing humanitarian aid worth 229,161.20 euros through the initiative implemented by Cáritas in the African country whose population is severely affected by a humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict, food insecurity, the consequences of Covid-19 and the rise in food prices.

As the agency has indicated, it is estimated that almost 40% of Burkina Faso’s population is directly affected by the closure or reduction of basic social services and the lack of government services, and more than 7% of the population have been forced to flee since the conflict began, according to Caritas in 2019 looking for safety from their homeland.

In this sense, he explained that the number of internally displaced people increased from 87,000 people in January 2019 to 1,814,283 in February 2022. In April of this year, 1,902,150 internally displaced persons had already been registered; 2.77% more than in March, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Thus, the intervention financed by the Spanish Humanitarian Action consists of the delivery of cash to a total of 980 IDPs and vulnerable residents in Ouahigouya (Northern Region), Dori (Sahel Region) and Ouagadougou (Central Region) and in total , the beneficiary population of this action lasting three months will include about 6,860 people, of which about 55% are women and 45% are men.

The agency has indicated that each household will receive support in three cash installments of CFA francs 47,500 each. In other words, each household received a total of 142,500 CFA francs (about 217.2 euros) at the end of the intervention, a sum agreed by the country’s Food Security Cluster.

This initiative, which complements the nationwide efforts of Caritas International through OCADES (Organisation Catholique pour le Développement et la Solidarité) Caritas Burkina Faso to support the population, specifically targets displaced families with an average of seven members.

The most vulnerable groups identified for the intervention include boys and girls under the age of 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, people with disabilities, the elderly, widows, orphans and heads of household.

Source europapress.es

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