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Burkina Faso buried over 250 civilians since April 2019 due to Islamist attacks

Monday, 06 January 2020 17:33
Burkina Faso buried over 250 civilians since April 2019 due to Islamist attacks

(Ecofin Agency) - Between April and December 2019, a total of 256 civilians died in targeted Islamist attacks in Burkina Faso, Human Rights Watch reported today Jan 6.

The conflicts initially started in the country’s Northern Sahel region before spreading to the Boucle du Mouhoun, Nord, Centre-Nord, and Est regions. Since 2015, the rising attacks have killed more than 750 people and forced 560,000 people to flee from their homes, according to UN figures. “The security situation in the country is deteriorating almost every day. Jihadist groups are gradually gaining ground, forcing people to flee from several rural areas and from some towns as well,” a source said.

Let’s note that despite government’s counterterrorism efforts, supported by the G5 Sahel joint force and partners, Burkina Faso is still unable to stem the violence. “We are convinced that no country can defeat terrorism and secure its territory by itself. We need more help from our partners,” Foreign Minister Alpha Barry said in an interview with Deutsche Welle.

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