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UNHCR warns of the “real risk” of extending the Sahel crisis to coastal countries

June 12, 2020

The head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, has warned this Friday of the risk that the current crisis in the Sahel countries due to increasing jihadist and inter-community violence will spread to the neighbors of the Gulf of Guinea on the occasion of the Gulf of Guinea of the call to ask for funds for this emergency.

“The Sahel emergency is a large-scale humanitarian and protective crisis in which terrible violence against vulnerable populations is becoming endemic,” stressed Grandi, who has influenced the generosity of host communities for displaced people. and refugees who are on the edge.

According to the UN agency, there are 3.1 million refugees, internally displaced persons, returnees and people at risk of statelessness in the Sahel region. In Burkina Faso alone, the number of internally displaced persons increased fourfold between June 2019 and the end of April this year from 193,000 to 848,000.

UNHCR warns of the “real risk” of extending the Sahel crisis to coastal countriesUNHCR warns of the “real risk” of extending the Sahel crisis to coastal countries

“The risk of the conflict spreading to neighboring coastal countries is very real and is now exacerbated by COVID-19,” Grandi said exactly one day after the death of a dozen Ivorian soldiers in an attack in the northern United States, near the Burkina Faso border , supposedly the work of jihadists.