Bogo Kassogué Mayor of Doucoumbo Commune.
'Right now we are in the Bandiagara Cultural Center. There are women and children here. The people fled their village due to the conflict to come here to this center.
We have enormous difficulties in this center. Difficulties concerning food, water and hygiene. There are also health issues. As mayor I have a great responsibility to come to the aid of these people in need. Each day, more villagers arrive and this is just one of three centers for displaced people that have come here to Bandiagara.
As of now, we have counted 67 households and 823 displaced people who are in this center. The people arrived here on the 20th of June so they’ve been here for 1 week now. There isn’t even enough space to sleep and move, and as you can see the room is full with women and children.
We call on the government to respond to this crisis, so that these women and children will be able to return to their villages. They want to be able to eventually return to cultivate their lands. It’s really disheartening for them to be here and have to stare at these four walls all day long. They would like to be able to return to their villages as soon as it is safe.'
Photo Credit: Itunu Kuku/NRC