United Nations Refugee Ambassador, Angelina Jolie on Sunday visited a refugee camp in Burkina Faso as part of her role as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR)
The camp, located at Goudebou, northeastern past of the West African country, is sheltering thousands of Malians who have fled incessant attacks by jihadists.
The Oscar-winning actress, arrived by helicopter accompanied by Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Alpha Barry for a ceremony to mark the 2021 World Refugee Day.
“I have marked this day every year for 20 years with refugees in different countries,” she said after her visit.
“I have never been as worried about the state of displacement globally as I am today,” she added.
“The truth is we are not doing half of what we could and should to find solutions to enable refugees to return home — or to support host countries, like Burkina Faso, coping for years with a fraction of the humanitarian aid needed to provide basic support and protection.”
The attack which took place last year March, left some 9,000 refugees stranded, putting their lives at risk.
However, authorities in Burkina Faso and the UNHCR, have been relocating the refugees to a safer haven, having stepped up security at the camp.
More soldiers have also been drafted to a new barracks and also mandated to increase patrols to forestall further attacks or threats.