In Burkina Faso, almost nowhere is safe.

Armed groups, extremists and criminal gangs wage terror on a daily basis, murdering those who refuse to fight alongside them. The killers shoot families to death. They rape and torture women. They destroy anything that symbolizes the state: schools, police stations, even hospitals.

Those who survive an attack know they might only be lucky once, so they run. In the past 15 months, 800,000 Burkinabè have fled their homes to seek safety. Some cross into Mali or Niger, where conditions can be just as perilous. Others look for shelter within Burkina Faso. But as the violence spreads, many are fleeing for the second and third time.

Daily life in Burkina Faso, a landlocked nation of 19 million, is precarious. Meet six people – photographed and interviewed in early February 2020 – whose lives have been turned upside down.

Learn more about their stories here