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Change of regime leaves Burkina Faso disillusioned

Five years after an uprising chased Blaise Compaore from power, terrorism and its dire impact on a rural economy cast a pall over a country that had hoped for a democratic, prosperous future.

Burkina Faso: Overview of the humanitarian situation (as of 1 November 2019)

The security situation in Burkina Faso has deteriorated during 2019, and is expected to further worsen over the next 6 months. Violence has spread from the northern regions to the east of the country. While most of the attacks are attributed to Islamist groups such as ISGS, Ansarul Islam, and JNIM, self-defense militias have started to proliferate. Growing insecurity has led to significant forced displacement, both inside Burkina Faso (486,000 IDPs) and to neighboring countries (16,000 refugees). Access to health services and education has deteriorated, and affected populations are in urgent need of protection, food and livelihoods assistance.

How Burkina Faso’s ‘Iron Biby’ moved from being fat-shamed to one of the world’s strongest men

Cheick Ahmed al-Hassan Sanou is a 27-year-old man from Burkina Faso. He had gone from the boy who was bullied for being fat, to one of the strongest men in the world.

Born in 1992, Iron Biby, as he is affectionately called, realized when he was five that he was different from his siblings due to his weight.

Burkina Faso mounts first stone monument in memory of Thomas Sankara

31 years after his murder, the first stone of the five meter bronze monument to the memory of Capt Thomas Sankara was laid on October 15, 2018 in Ouagadougou. How else should Africans honour and remember their icons, heroes and heroines?

Burkina News Archive

Terrorism and Security

How a preacher sent gunmen into Burkina Faso’s schools

Inside Burkina Faso’s Failing Fight Against Jihadism

Flee or Die: The Cruel Choice in Jihad Hit Burinsa Faso

French Troops in Mali anti-jihadist Campaign Mired in Mud and Mistrust

The Sahel Uncertainty: Climate Change and Insurgency

Four Christians Singled Out For Wearing Crosses, Executed in Northern Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso, Part 1: Spreading Violence Triggers an ‘Unprecedented’ Crisis

Burkina Faso, Part 2: Communities Buckle as Conflict Ripples Through the Sahel

146 Terroristes “Neutralized” by the FDS: A Summary Execution According to the MBDHP (Fr)

Blowback in Africa: How America’s Counterterror Strategy Helped Destabilize Burkina Faso.

Why is Violence Increasing in Burkina Faso?

Mali Refugees Arrest: Fears in Burkina Faso. Refugees from Mali Explain Why They No Longer Feel Safe….

Where Terrorism is Rising in Africa and the U.S is Leaving

Fear of Attacks Keeps 150,000 Children Away From School in Burkina Faso

Terrorism Threatens a Former Oasis of Stability in West Africa

Ansaroul Islam and the Growing Terrorist Insurgency in Burkina Faso

Warning from the Sahel: Al Queda’s Resurgent Threat

Ansaraul Islam: The Rise and Decline of a Militant Islamist in the Sahel.

Growing Terrorism in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso Declares State Of Emergency In North Following Attacks

Kirk Woodman: Canadian mine worker killed in Burkina Faso

Innocents abroad: Why do so many Canadians still ignore travel warnings?

France Vows Aid for Burkina, But No More Troops to Fight Islamists

Hundreds of schools shut in Burkina Faso over jihadi attacks

General denies leading Burkina Faso coup

Jihadism entrenches itself in Burkina Faso with bullets and bribes