Burkina Faso / 5 February 2019

Burkina Faso under terrorist attack

Fourteen people died in a jihadist attack in Kain, Burkina Faso near the border with Mali. Not many years ago, Burkina Faso was one of the safest and most pleasant countries to visit due to the acceptance of the population and to the Islam professed by the Burkinabes who are among the most tolerant. Today, Burkina Faso has become a difficult country, a country at risk of jihadist attacks and attacks. Kain's attack is yet another episode of violence which, of course, requires responses from the government. The army in fact immediately declared to have conducted earth and air raids in response to the assault and "neutralized", that is killed, 146 terrorists. The attack took place on the eve of the summit in Ougadougou of the five Sahel countries Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger. Not only. The attack could be an intimidation for the Panafrican Film and Television Festival, one of the major African film festivals, which celebrates its 50th anniversary and will be held in late February.

At the end of December, Burkina Faso announced the introduction of a state of emergency in several northern regions after an extraordinary council of ministers, but in recent weeks violence and kidnapping have continued, such as that of the Italian Luca Tacchetto and his Canadian companion , Edith Blais, disappeared from mid-December, and the killing of the Canadian geologist Kirk Woodman, found dead in a gold mine in the northeast. The attacks, which are attributed to the terrorist groups Ansarul Islam and to the "Group for the affirmation of Islam and Muslims", affiliated to al-Qaeda for the Islamic Maghreb, have caused over 255 deaths since 2015. Since then, Ouagadougou and was hit by three attacks that killed at least 60 people. In short, Burkina Faso has become impractical. Like the deserts of the north in Niger and Mali, like most of the East African coast, like the west of Chad and the north east of Nigeria and the north and west of Cameroon. The jihadist organizations responsible for this are the various factions of Boko Haram, all those groups linked to the Al Qaeda cartel and the rival Islamic State cartel. Thus international terrorism has "discovered" Africa. Perhaps it is a consequence of the fact that the economy has also "discovered" Africa, see Chinese interventionism on the continent and that of many Arab powers. That one thing is a consequence of the other? Certainly we can say that the two things are "held", in short they are somehow linked. (Raffaele Masto – Buongiorno Africa)