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A small charity broke ground this year on a clinic to care for thousands of women and children in northern Burkina Faso who have fled Islamist insurgents wreaking havoc along the fringes of the Sahara.

But when Russia invaded Ukraine in February, global supply chains buckled and the cost of building materials, fuel and food spiked across West Africa. The charity's founder, Boukary Ouedraogo, was forced to make a tough decision: He halted construction of the clinic with only the foundations laid.

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