Giving hope to persecuted Christians since 1995
Select Page

06/02/2023 Burkina Faso (International Christian Concern)The violence plaguing Burkina Faso is the world’s most neglected crisis today, leaving “one in four Burkinabè in need of aid,” according to the Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) annual list of neglected displacement crises.  

“The purpose (of the list) is to focus on the plight of people whose suffering rarely makes international headlines, who receive little or no assistance, and who never become the center of attention for international diplomacy efforts,” states the report. 

Since 2015, militant attacks linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS in Burkina Faso have been on the rise. The violence seen in Burkina Faso is part of a broader trend of jihadism which has displaced 2.3 million people in West Africa’s Sahel region.   

As of 2023, the country has not successfully curbed the spread of violence and still struggles with one of the bloodiest jihadist insurrections in the Sahel. The violence and unrest have created the worst humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso’s history.  

Second on the list is the Democratic Republic of Congo, followed by Colombia, Sudan, Venezuela, Burundi, Mali, Cameroon, El Salvador, and Ethiopia. 

“None of these countries is neglected by accident,” reports the NRC. “The powerful response to the suffering inflicted by the war in Ukraine has shown that neglect is in fact a choice. Where there is the will, political action can be impactful and swift, funding can be vast, and media coverage extensive.” 

For interviews, please contact [email protected].