Burkina Faso is experiencing one of the fastest growing internal displacement crises in the world, currently counting 1.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). 80% of the displaced population is made up of women and children. Struggling with insecurity due to attacks from international and local armed groups in the Sahel, domestic political instability, climate change and deeply rooted farmer-herder conflicts, Burkina Faso’s population, displaced or not, is facing a complex humanitarian crisis that shows little signs of abating – Says Josefine Brons in her working paper ‘Better to be raped than to be killed’: A gendered analysis of internal displacement in Burkina Faso – Researching Internal Displacement.
But why is a gendered analysis of internal displacement and conflict crucial to understand the current humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso? We hosted Josefine Brons, and this is what she had to says. Enjoy!