Distraught families urged authorities to let them view the bodies of victims of an attack near a gold mine in Burkina Faso as dozens of workers who could have been caught in the ambush remained unaccounted for on Friday. At least 38 people were killed on Wednesday when a convoy of five buses came under fire by militants on a road leading to the Boungou mine, operated by Canadian gold miner Semafo. Public prosecutor Harouna Yoda said the government had opened an investigation in the attack. The 38 bodies had…Read More
Militants have launched two attacks on military outposts in northern Burkina Faso, killing five people. The Burkinabe army said on Saturday that four soldiers and one police officer were killed in the attacks. A statement from the army said unidentified assailants attacked a military position in the town of Bahn and another in the village of Yense in the early hours of Saturday. It said the attacks happened “almost at the same moment,” but added troops were able to retain control of their posts and repel the attackers. Burkina Faso…Read More
The United Nations has said that about 500,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in Burkina Faso due to jihadist violence since January this year. The global body said many of those who fled their homes were from two regions of Burkina Faso. Those regions have been hit by ethnic and jihadist violence, increasing more than six-fold since the beginning of the year. The United Nations and aid groups said on Friday that in a statement health care and education have been crippled by the state of insecurity…Read More
Authorities in Burkina Faso have said that at least 29 people were killed in the country’s troubled north on Sunday. First an attack carried out on a food convoy led to the death of 14 civilians. Then a truck also hit an explosive device in Sanmatenga province killing 15 people and wounding six. In a statement the government said “This drama comes as important security efforts are underway in this region. Military reinforcements have been deployed.” Burkina Faso in recent months has witnessed many deadly attacks resulting in deaths. Most…Read More
Burkina Faso’s political parties and civil society groups were on Sunday set to adopt a transition plan for the west African country after the ousting of veteran president Blaise Compaore.
Talks on forming a transition government began Saturday with the army at first declining to join, while Compaore accused his military and political opponents of jointly plotting his overthrow.Read More
Thomas Sankara was Burkina Faso’s president from August 1983 until his assassination on October 15, 1987. Perhaps, more than any other African president in living memory, Thomas Sankara, in four years, transformed Burkina Faso from a poor country, dependent on aid, to an economically independent and socially progressive nation.
Thomas Sankara began by purging the deeply entrenched bureaucratic and institutional corruption in Burkina Faso. He slashed the salaries of ministers and sold off the fleet of exotic cars in the president’s convoy, opting instead for the cheapest brand of car available in Burkina Faso, Renault 5.Read More