Inside Story

Why is violence increasing in Burkina Faso?

The UN is warning of a deteriorating humanitarian crisis for Burkina Faso’s 20 million people.

For years, Burkina Faso has escaped much of the violence that plagued its West African neighbours Mali and Niger.

But now armed groups are attacking any vestige of the state and there’s growing tension between ethnic groups.

The United Nations says the situation is deteriorating rapidly. 

More than 70,000 people have been forced from their homes in just the last two months.

What’s behind the surge in violence?

Presenter: James Bays


Metsi Makhetha – UN resident coordinator in Burkina Faso

Eloise Bertrand – Independent researcher in Burkina Faso

Paul Melly – Consulting fellow in the Africa Programme at Chatham House

Adama Gaye – West Africa analyst