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Yeah Samaké, President of the Party for Civic and Patriotic Action (PACP) – Le Phenix
 
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  • This past week, Yeah gave a press conference to reporters in Mali about his trip to Burkina Faso. It was an attempt to raise awareness to the conditions in the camps of Burkina Faso and the lone war being fought by international groups to control the refugee crisis.

    Le président du PACP, Yéah Samaké face à la presse “Nos compatriotes réfugiés dans les pays voisins sont dans une grande détresse”

    Written by Bruno D SEGBEDJI

    To read this article in French: Le président du PACP, Yéah Samaké face à la presse “Nos compatriotes réfugiés dans les pays voisins sont dans une grande détresse”

    The Chair of PACP, Yeah Samake to the press “Our fellow refugees in neighboring countries are in great distress”

    From June 10 to 15, a delegation of the Party for the Civic and Patriotic (PACP) headed by its president, Niankoro Yeah Samake, visited the Malian refugees in countries of Burkina Faso specifically Djibo Mintao in Burkina Faso . “Nearly 14 000 people live in its camps in appalling conditions of life,” said Yeah Samake during a press briefing Wednesday, June 20 at party headquarters in Faladiè.

    It is a duty for all Malians today to show solidarity for our compatriots living in unimaginable conditions of life in refugee camps, “said the chairman of the PACP. In this sense, he explained that PACP, true to its calling of being a party of patriotic civic action, sent a delegation to Burkina Faso to see firsthand the suffering of Malian refugees.

    They did not go in other refugee camps, but with explanations of Malian diplomatic authorities of Ouagadougou, who said that it is in Djibo and Mintao in northern Burkina there are as many compatriots who fled war in northern Mali.

    In Mintao where there are three camps (Mintao-South, center and Mintao Mintao-North) and Djibo, there are nearly 14,000 Malians with staggering problems of lack of food and tents for protection from the rain.

    To believe Yeah Samake, what is said that some refugee groups are against all is relative to the Malian authorities. They believe that the Malian government has abandoned them or that a new state is created and can save them from the difficult situation they are facing. “Our fellow refugees in neighboring countries are in great distress,” said the speaker. “These people, he added, did not choose to leave the country, the land of their ancestors. They are tired of living in these conditions of humiliation, at the mercy of nature.”

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    The refugee situation gets worse each day. With each passing day, resources get even more scarce. The problem seems to have lost sight with the Malian authorities and the international community. The donated resources cannot meet the growing demand for care.

    Yeah went to visit the Malian refugees in Burkina Faso. UNHCR reports 180,060 refugees displaced all over Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger. 65009 refugees are in Burkina Faso as of June 9th 2012. Of these numbers, almost 60% are children. About 38% are aged 18-59 and about 3% are 60 and older. The situation in these camps is getting more and more desperate. The flow of aid is unable to match the need. Hygiene is a big concern. Malians need help and they need it now!

    Yaya Samake, journalist for the Malian newspaper L’Independent, accompanied PACP to Burkina.

    Camps de réfugiés maliens de Djibo au Burkina Faso : Le PACP au secours de 14 000 Maliens affamés

    Written by Yaya Samake

    To read this article in French: Camps de réfugiés maliens de Djibo au Burkina Faso : Le PACP au secours de 14 000 Maliens affamés

    Yeah Samake speaks with displaced refugees in Djibo, Burkina Faso

    Faced with continuing reports of very poor living conditions of our compatriots who have found refuge in Burkina Faso after the attack on our country by armed bandits, the Party for Civic and Patriotic Action decided to send a team to inquire about the reality on the ground. Thus they decided to send a delegation, Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in camps in Djibo Mentao in Soum province, in northern Burkina Faso.

    Led by Niankoro Yeah Samake, party chairman and mayor of the rural town of Ouéléssébougou and by the third party’s Vice President, Bourama Traoré, a Malian diaspora installed in the Dominican Republic of the Congo, the mission was a humanitarian mission, as they brought with them more than 700 000 FCFA in donations for the refugees. The delegation, which had left Bamako Sunday, June 10, arrived in Ouagadougou on the same day. They met the day after the Malian authorities in this country and officials of the Malian community living in the Burkinabe capital. These exchanges have led to a brief overview of the situation facing our fellow citizens in refugee camps.

    After these meetings, the delegation visited Djibo in Soum province, 250 km from the capital, Ouagadougou. In this province of 382,461 inhabitants, PACP officials shared a discussion with the workers of the service of social action, which play a role in coordinating actions for refugees, and with the head of UNHCR (High Commissioner for Refugees UN), Fata Courouma, before meeting with refugees in the camp on three sites (the site of the South, the site of the Centre and the site of the North).

    These camps, it should be stressed, are established based on community ownership of refugees. This distribution follows several clashes between pro and anti-independence camp in Mentao. Thus we find in the south camp Black Tamasheq, and moderate Arabs in the center who are fervent defenders of the unity of the country and northern Tuareg independence. The interviews allowed refugees to explain to their visitors the main concerns which beset them and to give special mention to the Burkina Faso authorities. Among the difficulties, it retains essentially the Mentao camp faces an acute shortage of tents suitable for the rainy season, which has already begun, with a deficit of drinking water, lack of sufficient food and especially in non-education of displaced children.

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