A report compiled by the Zeine Association
Since 20 March 2020, Burkina Faso has been facing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To control de disease, the government has taken measures throughout the country. As far as the Commune of Gorom-Gorom is concerned, to avoid public gatherings, people are required, until further notice, to respect the closure of places of worship and markets.
Today, our daily life is severely impacted by the restriction of movements (no more public transportation). We are not yet in confinement because the conditions are not met for that. Our communities live from daily wages. The local economy has been in a state of turmoil for several years because of terrorism. Now, a pandemic is added to this, further worsening the situation. Here, to fetch water, you have to go out because the running water system is very poorly deployed and remains ineffective. It is quite common to experience water shortages lasting from one week to three months.
This situation impacts also the internally displaced populations. Already, the number of IDPs continues to increase. Water resources available are thus becoming seriously insufficient.
Access to school for children is another problem we are facing amid this Covid-19 situation. Indeed, as soon as the disease broke out in Burkina Faso, the first measures were to close schools. For the time being, only the town of Gorom-Gorom still has operating schools whereas all the other villages have closed theirs. Although this closure is temporary, there is no alternative to allow these pupils and students to acquire knowledge during this period. It is possible to undertake distance learning courses via digital technology, but it is a process that will take some time before becoming operational. However, these are options to be considered for the future or, when the security situation is out of control, to allow distance school education.
The security situation also obliges farmers to keep animals on the outskirts of the commune, which also justifies the lack of water resources. At the moment we are confronted with several difficulties which are:
- Insufficient drinking water for the communities
- Difficult access to school for pupils
- Lack of humanitarian assistance
- Lack of adequate means to combat Covid-19. (no masks, no hydro-alcoholic gel, no hand wash, etc.).
- The growing insecurity
- Lack of financial resources
- Insufficient grazing areas
- The growing number of IDPs in Gorom-Grom commune
- An ongoing food crisis
- The increase in the number of vulnerable households.
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