Some 275 Burkinabe nationals have fled their country to the northern part of Ghana in the wake of an ongoing chieftaincy-related clashes in Burkina Faso.
The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) is responding to the needs of the asylum seekers at Widnaba, a community in the Bawku West District of the Upper East region.
The Deputy Upper East Regional NADMO Director in charge of Operations, Paul Wooma, on Thursday, February 21, 2019, said the reason for the Burkinabe nationals trooping in to the country was because of chieftaincy issues.
“There is one chieftaincy issue in neighbouring Burkina Faso involving two royal gates and resulting in the mass exodus of people from Zouga, a village in [Burkina Faso], into the Bawku West District. As I speak to you, 275 survivors of that chieftaincy dispute are in Widnaba,” he said
Paul told a meeting of officials from the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and some stakeholders that the Burkinabe displaced persons included 176 children, 32 men and 67 women.
NADMO’s statement on the cross-border flight comes after two policemen were wounded and one civilian was killed in a renewed chieftaincy-related clash in the Upper East regional capital, Bolgatanga, last week.
An episodic gunfire erupted this week again in the capital and Burkinabe government has, at the rear of the development, imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew at Atulbabisi, the commercial core of the municipality where two disputed chieftains and their factions have remained submerged in a power struggle since 2013.
With the battle in Burkina Faso not looking like what will go away now, more asylum seekers are expected to flood the nearby Bawku West District in the same manner.
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