The United Nations reported on Friday, 22/1/2021, that two million people have been fled from the Sahel region to seek safety , the region is witnessing severe violence by extremist groups.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees called In a statement for serious actions to end the "ongoing violence" in the Sahel region, which forced a record number to displace from their home within the borders of their countries for the first time.
The extremist insurgency began in 2012 in northern Mali and then extended to include neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.
The UNHCR explained that internal displacement in the region -(Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger) - had quadrupled in only two years, as there were 490,000 internally displaced person at the beginning of 2019,” according to AFP.
More than half of the displaced people came from Burkina Faso.
According to UNHCR, since the beginning of the year, violent acts in Niger and Burkina Faso have prompted more than 21,000 people to leave their homes and seek shelter in their countries.
In Burkina Faso, since December 31, a series of armed attacks in the Cumbre region and surrounding villages in the north of the country have displaced more than 11,000 people.
The Sahel region hosts more than 850,000 refugees, most of them from Mali.