BURKINA FASO / HUNGER VIOLENCE

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned of an escalating humanitarian crisis driven by widespread violence and the long-term impact of climate change that has gripped Burkina Faso and neighbouring countries in the Central Sahel region of West Africa. WFP

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DATELINE: 9-14 NOVEMBER 2019 YIRGOU, KAYA, PISSILA BURKINA FASO / MARCH 2019, YIRGOU, BURKINA FASO / 12 NOVEMBER 2019, ROME, ITALY

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13 NOVEMBER 2019, NEAR KAYA, BURKINA FASO

1. Wide shot, drone footage of desert near Kaya (no audio)

MARCH 2019, YIRGOU, BURKINA FASO

2. Wide shot, military patrol
3. Various shots, homes, motorcycle burned during insurgent attacks. People fled leaving everything behind
4. Wide shot, displaced people on the road carrying whatever belongings and livestock they could salvage.

14 NOVEMBER 2019, PISSILA, BURKINA FASO

5.Various shots, 61 years old, Zore Youssouf with his wives and children walking to their makeshift shelter in a displaced persons camp.

13 NOVEMBER 2019, PISSILA, BURKINA FASO

6. SOUNDBITE (More) Zore Youssouf, Displaced person:
“When they killed my brother, Boureima, I hid in a river bed and came back in the morning to save my family. I left everything behind, no bicycle, no clothes, just the clothes I am wearing now.”

14 NOVEMBER 2019, KAYA, BURKINA FASO

7. Wide shot, newly arrived displaced people take shelter under a tree
8. Various shots, Sawadogo Ousmane and his wives fetching water, foraging wild growing leaves for food, cooking lunch
9. Wide shot, children waiting for lunch
10. SOUNDBITE (More) Sawadogo Ousmane, Displaced person:
“What we need now is Food. Everything else is can wait. Once we get food then we will worry about clothes.”

13 NOVEMBER 2019, KAYA, BURKINA FASO

11. Various shots, children being tested for malnutrition at health clinic.

12 NOVEMBER 2019, ROME, ITALY

12.SOUNDBITE (English) David Beasley, WFP Executive Director:
“As we speak, millions of people are desperately hungry in the Sahel, hundreds of thousands are being displaced, thousands of people are being killed because of extremism and violence. In Burkina Faso alone there has been a 500 per cent increase in displacement and one third of the nation is now a conflict area. This is a catastrophe – we’ve gotta act, and we gotta act now.”

13 NOVEMBER 2019, PISSILA, BURKINA FASO

13.Various shots, unloading WFP food at warehouse
14.Wide shot, Zore Youssouf eating with his family

STORYLINE:

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned of an escalating humanitarian crisis driven by widespread violence and the long-term impact of climate change that has gripped Burkina Faso and neighbouring countries in the Central Sahel region of West Africa.

WFP said the humanitarian response needed to be rapidly escalated to protect and save lives in Burkina Faso and the wider region.

WFP’s Executive Director, David Beasley said, “as we speak, millions of people are desperately hungry in the Sahel, hundreds of thousands are being displaced, thousands of people are being killed because of extremism and violence.”

He continued, “in Burkina Faso alone there has been a 500% increase in displacement and one third of the nation is now a conflict area. This is a catastrophe – we’ve gotta act, and we gotta act now.”

61 years old Zore Youssouf with his wives and children are living in a makeshift shelter at a displaced persons camp. he received from WFP.

Zore Youssouf was a successful farmer with three hectares of land in a village called Goeba. He and his 24 family members fled on foot some 90 kilometers to Pissala where more than 36,000 displaced people have taken refuge since May.

Youssouf said, “when they killed my brother, Boureima, I hid in a river bed and came back in the morning to save my family. I left everything behind, no bicycle, no clothes, just the clothes I am wearing now.”

Sawadogo is a 26 years old farmer from Tongomael who fled 200km to Kaya on foot with his wives and children. They are supplementing their diet with foraged leaves.

He said, “what we need now is Food. Everything else is can wait. Once we get food then we will worry about clothes.”

There has been a sharp increase in violence in Burkina Faso – the number of attacks in the first half of 2019 surpassed the total for 2018, with reported civilian deaths four times the total recorded in 2018. The escalating levels of insecurity have led to schools being closed and farmers abandoning their fields in search of safety – this in a country where 4 out of 5 people rely on farming for their livelihoods.

The impact on the now 20 million people living in conflict areas across the region is dramatic. At least 486,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in Burkina Faso alone, bringing the total number of internally displaced people across the three Sahelian countries to 860,000 people. Meanwhile, 2.4 million people need food assistance in the Central Sahel - a figure that could rise due to continued displacements.

WFP and other humanitarian agencies are facing the growing crisis at a time when funds to support relief efforts are running low and a substantial injection of new resources is required to meet the growing needs.

Even without the exacerbating impact of insecurity, the Sahel is on the forefront of climate change, and many communities are already having to adapt to an unpredictable climate .

WFP is faced with the immense challenge of simultaneously responding to immediate humanitarian needs, while protecting investments made in community resilience and self-sufficiency to ensure that all the gains made in recent years are not lost.

WFP has stepped up its response, providing more than 2.6 million people with food and nutrition assistance so far this year in the three Central Sahel countries, focusing its efforts on areas where humanitarian needs are most severe and where large-scale population displacements have taken place.

WFP urgently needs US$150 million for operations across the Central Sahelian nations of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, under existing programmes that include both emergency activities and resilience-building programmes.
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