Burkina Faso Massacre Survivors in Urgent Need of Aid - UN

The UN refugee agency says survivors of the massacre in a Burkina Faso village are in desperate need of humanitarian aid. Unidentified gunmen attacked the village of Solhan in the country's northeast Sahel region on June 5, 2021. They reportedly stormed the village in the middle of the night, executing at least 138 civilians, seriously injuring nearly 40 other people and setting houses and a market ablaze. UNHCR says more than 3,300 people have fled for their lives to nearby villages.

The attack, the deadliest since 2015, highlights the increasing insecurity and violence that has been gaining a foothold in Africa's Sahel region over the past few years, Voice of America reports. The UNHCR calls Burkina Faso the fastest growing displacement and protection crisis in the world.

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The northern region of Burkina Faso in June 2019.

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