On Sunday, 21st June, 2021, American actress Angelina Jolie, visited a refugee camp in Burkina Faso housing refugees fleeing jihadist violence in Mali, and praised the country for welcoming the displaced despite its limited resources and battling its own insurgency.
Her visit aims to bring attention to the issue of displacement of people around the world.
Speaking at the camp she quoted “Today 1 in 95 people are forcibly displaced.”
Burkina Faso is acutely affected by the current displacement crisis in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa.
More than 1.2 million people have been forced to flee their homes since 2019.
Funding for the UN Refugee Agency ‘s response in Burkina Faso remains critically low, with only 22 per cent of the funding required being met.