The special envoy of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the famous actress Angelina Jolie, visited refugees and internally displaced persons from northern Burkina Faso over the weekend to mark World Refugee Day.
“I am here to show my solidarity with the people of Burkina Faso, who continue to receive their displaced brothers and sisters despite the terrible attacks and challenges; sharing what little they have, at a time when other countries with far more resources have closed their borders and minds to refugees,” Jolie said in the Goudoubo camp in the Sahel region.
“The truth is that we are not doing half as much as we could and should to find solutions that allow refugees to return to their homes, or to help host countries such as Burkina Faso,” the Hollywood star added.
During your stay in Burkina Faso, Jolie visited internally displaced persons in kaya, a town 100 kilometres northeast of Ouagadougou, the capital; and then the field of Goudebou, which hosts refugees from Mali, local media outlet Burkina24 reported today.
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Jolie also met with Burkinabe President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, with whom she discussed humanitarian issues, including the living conditions of refugees and internally displaced persons.
He also spoke with Kaboré on how to contribute to Burkinabe cinema, as Burkina Faso is the country where the Festival is held every two years African of Film and Television of Ouagadougou (FESPACO).
Burkina Faso is one of the countries hardest hit by insecurity and jihadist violence, which has caused more than 1.2 million people to flee their homes since 2019.
The deadliest attack in Burkina Faso’s recent history took place on the night of 4-5 June this year, when at least 160 people were killed in the town of Solhan, in the northern Sahel region, after being attacked by armed men.
The attack was not claimed, but Burkina Faso has been under jihadist attacks since April 2015, when members of an al-Qaeda-affiliated group kidnapped a Romanian security guard from a manganese mine in Tambao (north), who is still missing.
The region most affected by insecurity in Burkina Faso is the Sahel, located in the north and sharing a border with Mali and Niger, although it has also expanded to bordering provinces, such as the North-Central region, and to the east of the country since the summer of 2018.
The attacks are attributed to the burkinabe local group Ansarul Islam, the Sahelian jihadist coalition Group in Support of Islam and Muslims (GSIM) and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (EIGS), which also attack neighbouring countries with which Burkina Faso shares a border, such as Mali and Niger.
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