According to the official information is the situation in Burkina Faso with the Covid virus stable. Since most of the 500 daily test are for travellers it is impossible to know the real situation.

A bigger problem is the situation of the internally displaced people and of the refugees which is creating a lot of instability.

5% of the population is Internally displaced in Burkina Faso

On the security side, there is still large zone of the country not under the control of the government. The acts of terrorism in those area have forced more than 1.000.000 people to move away from their homes. There were only 40.000 people in 2018.

There are more than 2.500 schools which were closed because of the insecurity. Some of the children have integrated schools where the parents have moved, but there are more than 300.000 children without schooling.

The Malian refugees situation in Burkina

23.000 refugees came from Mali to Burkina Faso. Most of them are in camps.

Most of the 9.000 people of the camp of Goudoubo had to leave because of insecurity outside the camp and at the camp of Mentao (6.000 people) the personnel of the UNHCR could not to access to it safely because of insecurity inside the camp. Terrorists / bandits were in control there. Insecurity from outside and inside the camps.

Some of the refugees fled to neighbouring cities, some even went back to Mali.

End of 2020 the camp of Goudoubo was secured again and 3.000 refugees asked to go back “home”. Most of the refugees were in this camp since 2012.

Access to health care and education of those refugees is far from adequate. It is even worse for girls and women.

The LAP and refugees children

The UNHCR in Burkina is trying to help the refugees the best it can. We had some discussion with them about the use of the products (soaps, kit of protection for menstruation) from our organisation.

In our presentation we talked about the LAP and our contact at UNHCR asked us if we would accept children of refugees families in this school. A lot of refugees are in Burkina since many years and UNHCR is trying to help them to get integrated in the local society. Also most of the refugees were cattle breeders or farmers in Mali.

Since the UNHCR did not have a budget to sponsor the children, we placed a project on the platform Global Giving. With the networks of people working at UNHCR Burkina, we were able to collect enough funding for 5 children.

The selection was not straight forward. One of our criteria is that the recruit is not older than 14 years old. Refugees children have difficulties to follow a continuous primary school program and they finish this program at age 15 or 16. Also we wanted to have at least 50% of girls.

Following presentation of this opportunity by the UNHCR staff in the camps we had only 9 candidates to pass the entry test from which only one girl and some of them were already 15 years old.

We selected 5 of them who have started schooling at the LAP in September 2020.

So far they have very well integrated in the LAP and they are all in the top of their class.

Awa, the only girl of the group

You can also watch a short video on AG Mohamed Wahab at: https://youtu.be/u8GuLhcZop8

AG Mohamed Wahab with Pamoussa our director

Costs per year for one refugee children at the LAP is €460,00, $550,00 or £400,00.

We would like to integrate more refugee children in September 2021. For this we need your help.

You can donate

for the Netherlands: www.asap-foundation.org

for France: www.apetitspas.fr

for USA and UK: www.globalgiving.org  project 49292     

Thank you for support!

Some new pictures from the LAP

Harvest of tomatoes

Preparation of seedlings for local eggplants

Quotes of the week

“Terrorism is a psychological warfare. Terrorists try to manipulate us and change our behaviour by creating fear, uncertainty and division in society”. Patrick J. Kennedy

“If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness, and creativity.”  Eckhart Tolle

Have a good and safe week,

Hervé

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