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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Aid organizations urge the Burkina Faso government to accept assistance in registering newly displaced persons

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – International aid organizations are calling on the Burkina Faso government to let them help register the country’s internally displaced persons. The Norwegian Refugee Council stated that it will take several weeks for the government to register food and other assistance for internally displaced persons, forcing some to return to dangerous areas.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) stated that it would take several weeks for government authorities to register internally displaced persons. people.

The NRC stated that they can proceed with the registration process, which is essential before distributing aid to internally displaced persons within a week, and begged the government to quote, “Let us step in and provide support.”

Rasmata Ouedraogo lives in the school. After a terrorist attack, she took her young son and fled the village of Nongo.

She said they were wearing military uniforms, so it was difficult to know if they were terrorists. She had to hide at home for two days.

She said that she arrived in Wahiguya about two months ago, and so far, her family has received one hundred dollars in assistance.

She told VOA: “The first thing we need is food for us and our children, then some clothes, etc.”

The head of the IDP community stated that students will return to school this month, so the school owner asked the IDP to move out. The local authorities sent them to a place outside the town, where it is difficult to obtain food and services.

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“In the beginning, we were able to provide each family with some grains, such as corn and millet, plus $100, but that was two to three months ago,” he said. He added that some people have just arrived recently, and these people have not received any food so far.

Many internally displaced persons who stayed in school said that they were not sure whether they were registered, but that no one had received enough assistance. Tom Peyre-Costa is from the Norwegian Refugee Council.

“The authorities really lack the ability to count and register newly displaced people, and they also don’t allow aid organizations to intervene. So, this is what we are asking for today. We need more flexibility,” he said.

At a tense press conference on Monday, Humanitarian Affairs Minister Laurence Marchal Ilboudo said so when asked why aid from aid groups was rejected.

“You asked if partners do better than locals, why we don’t make it easier for them,” he said. “But why are they? Because they have the resources? Because they have the machines? Our country has the expertise to do this. Why don’t we use the material expertise and let the locals do it themselves?”

As the school is now empty and waiting for students to return, the internally displaced people living there still need help.

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