In recent days, armed groups have displaced about 1,500 people in Burkina Faso in an attempt to wreak havoc, according to the UNHCR.
More than 17,500 people in Burkina Faso have been forcibly displaced from their homes in the past 10 days for one reason or another. Attack series The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says 45 people have been killed by unidentified armed groups.
Attacks by al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants in the Sahel region of West Africa have intensified since the beginning of the year, particularly in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, where civilians are suffering.
A statement from the UNHCR on Friday said gunmen had set fire to homes and opened fire on civilians in three separate attacks. The attackers also looted health centers and damaged homes and shops.
“Obviously one of the reasons is violence and torture of civilians,” UNHCR spokesman Boris Chesirkov said at a briefing in Geneva.
He said the security situation in the Sahel region is encouraging one of the world’s fastest-growing displacement crises.
Security sources told Reuters on Monday that armed assailants had killed at least 30 people in a village in eastern Burkina Faso.
Last week, there were two Spanish journalists and one Irish citizen Killed in an attack By suspected rebels during an anti-poaching patrol near nature conservation in eastern Burkina Faso.
“The trends we see only point to more violence,” Chishirkov said.
Burkina Faso’s ailing army has struggled to contain the spread of violence.
Last year the government enlisted the help of volunteer militias to help the army but the rebels had to retaliate by attacking those who helped them and the communities that helped them.
Armed groups have spread religious and ethnic tensions among farming and rearing communities in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger to increase recruitment among marginalized populations.
UN agencies reported last week that growing violence in the greater Sahel region has led to one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
Burkina Faso violence has displaced more than 1.14 million people in just two years, while the impoverished arid country is hosting about 20,000 refugees from neighboring Mali seeking protection from the violence.