Burkina Faso

Several years ago, polio vaccinators in Quetta, Pakistan were shook by the murder of two colleagues. Armed men on a motorcycle shot a mother and daughter in a ‘drive-by’ style shooting as they were administering polio drops to children. Both women died on their way to hospital. This attack is not an isolated incident.

JNIM militants seize two INGO vehicles in Kossi
28 December 2021: In Bourasso department, Kossi province, Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin’ (JNIM) militants seized two vehicles belonging to an NGO and a textile company, as part of a series of attacks in the area. Source: Twitter Return to Burkina Faso home page. more
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Aid in Danger

In 2020, overall insecurity has increased in Burkina Faso. Aid agencies face access issues in most areas of Burkina Faso. Aid workers are frequently kidnapped by armed groups. Aid workers are also killed and injured, often during hijackings of aid convoys. Drivers of these convoys are frequently targeted during these attacks. Hijacking and looting of aid convoys is common. Data.

Health Care

2021 Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition (SHCC) Report
The SHCC identified 17 incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in Burkina Faso in 2020, compared to 27 such incidents in 2019. Twenty-five health workers were killed and six hospitals were stormed in these incidents.

In 2020 there was an overall decrease in documented incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care compared to 2019. The highest number of incidents occurred in the Sahel region where various non-state armed groups are active. Health workers were killed, particularly during road ambushes as health workers traveled to provide health care in remote areas of the country. ISGS, JNIM and Katiba Macina military were the main perpetrators of violence against or obstruction of health care. Data

Our Global Interactive Map on Threats and Violence against Health Care provides access to continuously updated information on violence against health care in conflict and related to COVID-19.


In 2020, there has been an increase in attacks on education in the Sahel, Est, Boucle de Mouhoun, Centre-Nord, Nord, Centre-Ouest, and Ouagadougou regions. 

Schools are set on fire and property looted. Students and teachers shot and killed by armed groups including JNIM or ISGS militants. These attacks have occurred inside schools, on school buses and during road travel. Teacher kidnappings are also common. Data

IDPs and Refugees

In 2020, increased conflict in northern regions bordering Mali has increased the movement of people, and violence by armed groups on refugee camps have forced thousands of refugees to leave these camps in search of safer areas. IDPs and refugees are killed and kidnapped by armed groups including JNIM and ISGS militants.