This one is personal for Your Humble Narrator, kiddies. I have friends who immigrated from Burkina Faso [formerly Upper Volta for you old school Risk players] a couple of years ago and just got their children out last week. I also have friends working in Burkina for the Mennonite Central Committee, trying to help the people there as best they can. [Even heretics can do good works, kiddies.]
The temporary refugee camp in Fererio, northern Burkina Faso, is about 30 miles from the Malian border. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 65,000 refugees have fled rebel violence in Mali for Burkina Faso since January 2012. Many thousands more are in neighboring countries.
Burkina Faso—along with other countries in the Sahel—is already facing a severe food crisis after rains failed, food prices rose and instability in the region limited migrant work. Catholic Relief Services is helping refugees cope with this worsening emergency through food distributions and by offering water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.