West and Central Africa — Liptako Gourma Crisis Monthly Dashboard 16 (26 April 2021)

RO Dakar, RODakar-DataResearch@iom.int
Snapshot Date
Apr 26 2021
  • Mobility Tracking
  • Baseline Assessment


The Central Sahel area, and in particular the Liptako Gourma region, which borders Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, is affected by a complex crisis involving growing competition over dwindling resources; climatic variability; demographic pressure; high levels of poverty; disaffection and a lack of livelihood opportunities; communal tensions; the absence of state institutions and basic services; and violence related to organized crime and Non-State Armed Groups. The crisis has led to the death of an estimated 5,000 people in 2020 (as of 31 August) and triggered significant displacement of populations in the four affected countries. As of 26 April 2021, 1,797,769 individuals have been displaced, including 1,617,134 Internally Displaced Persons (90% of the displaced population) and 180,635 Refugees (10% of the displaced population). Sixty-five per cent of the displaced population (1,169,267 individuals) were located in Burkina Faso, while 20 per cent resided in Mali (361,034 individuals), 11 per cent in Niger (198,613 individuals) and 4 per cent in Mauritania (68,855 individuals).