GPC Operations Cell: gpc[at]unhcr.org
Gender-Based Violence: chase[at]unfpa.org
Child Protection: rpouwels[at]unicef.org
Housing, Land and Property: jim.robinson[at]nrc.no
Mine Action: unmasgeneva[at]un.org
Burkina Faso is facing the worst humanitarian crisis in its history. In 2023, nearly one in 10 people in Burkina Faso has been displaced by conflict. The impact of the multidimensional crisis and political instability on the most vulnerable people has deepened over the past 12 months, including for some 840,000 people living in areas cut off from the rest of the country by non-State armed groups (NSAGs), whose access to basic commodities and services, fields and grazing areas and assistance is therefore increasingly limited. The violence now affects more than 11 of the country's 13 regions, mainly affecting civilians, and particularly women and children. Humanitarian access continues to be severely constrained in several areas, including the Sahel, East, North and Center North regions.
Key protection risks include attacks on civilians and infrastructure, including schools and water points, the presence of mines and improvised explosive device, child recruitment into armed groups, gender-based violence, and barriers and/or restrictions to access to documentation, housing and land.
The Protection Cluster in Burkina Faso was activated in 2019 to ensure the coordination of protection interventions in emergencies and to respond to the protection needs of persons affected by conflict and disasters. It is composed of the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Area of Responsibility (AoR), the Child Protection (CP) Area of Responsibility (AoR), the Mine Action (MA) Working Group and a Housing, Land, and Property Working Group. The Protection Cluster is led by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and co-coordinated by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC).