AA / Ouagadougou / Dramane Traoré
The Burkinabè authorities announced on Friday the “suspension” of the activities of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NCR) in the sites of internally displaced persons “until further notice”.
“Faced with the manifest desire of this organization to discredit the government, and to undermine the countless efforts made by all the actors, in the humanitarian response, (…) I inform you that I have decided to suspend without delay of all the activities of NRC in the sites of the internally displaced persons until further notice “, specifies the Minister for Women, National Solidarity, Family and Humanitarian Action, Laurence Ilboudo in a correspondence sent Wednesday to the ‘NGO.
Ilboudo recalled, in the same document, that as part of the response to the humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso, the government through its department “fully assumes its responsibilities” in accordance with national and international legal instruments, in particular the Kampala Convention. on the internal displacement of populations.
In this sense, she added, “the government has made the sovereign and strategic choice to carry the leadership of the registration of internally displaced persons (IDPs)” stressing that this option has, to date, made it possible to enumerate and to register, on a “regular basis”, more than 1.4 million internally displaced persons, thus making it possible to provide humanitarian actors who so wish with the lists essential for their interventions.
“Better still, it made it possible to put an end to certain abuses in the coordination of humanitarian action,” she added.
Despite these “notable achievements”, the minister said she noted that the Norwegian Refugee Council (NCR) in a “communication campaign” mounted through interviews in international media such as “Voice of America and the newspaper Le Monde is trying to discredit the government, arguing that it refuses the registration of internally displaced persons by NGOs and prohibits relief organizations from intervening in the most inaccessible areas “.
This is the first time that the Burkinabè authorities have suspended the activities of an NGO working in the framework of the care of internally displaced persons in this context of security crisis that the country has been experiencing since 2015.
According to the UN, Burkina Faso is one of the countries most affected by the displacement of populations in the Sahel, particularly in the Center-North, Sahel, East and North regions.
In addition, the violence has forced some 17,500 people to leave the country since the start of the current year, according to the same source.
To date, a state of emergency has been declared in 14 of the country’s 45 provinces, in order to facilitate the fight against terrorism.
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