Burkina Faso: demonstration against intercommunal violence

Burkina Faso: demonstration against intercommunal violence. Photo: RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Thousands of people protested Saturday in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, and Dori (north) against retaliation against the Fulani community who have killed about 50 people after a terrorist attack on the New Year’s Eve in the center, north of the country.

“Our only enemy is terrorism”, “Terrorists can’t divide us”, “All united against terrorism”, could we read on the placards visible in the crowd that answered the call of the Collective against impunity and stigmatization of communities.

The security situation in Burkina Faso, once considered a “stable” country in the West African sub-region, has deteriorated since 2015 with a resurgence of terrorist attacks in several regions, particularly at the borders with Mali, Niger and Togo. These attacks left more than 270 dead.

In addition to these terrorist attacks, the country is facing intercommunity violence that is beginning to surface. “When the rain beats you, you must avoid fighting with each other, instead you have to protect yourself together,” Xinhua Ali Ouedraogo, a young trader, said with a turbaned face, he said, paying tribute to Peul community retaliated in Yirgou village.

At least 12 people were killed on Thursday in a terrorist attack in Gasseliki, a town some 30 km south of Arbinda in the Sahel province of Soum (north).

Parliament unanimously passed a law extending the state of emergency for six months in 14 provinces of Burkina Faso in the grip of terrorist attacks.

The decision, which will come into force next Sunday, should allow the defense and security forces to have room for maneuver in the fight against terrorism, according to local observers.

On Thursday, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré made a change at the head of the army by replacing the Chief of General Staff, General Oumarou Sanou, by Colonel-Major Moïse Minoungou, 59, promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.

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