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Burkina Faso security forces fire tear gas at protesters

Nov. 27, 2021 10:13 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Security forces fired tear gas at protesters throwing rocks in Burkina Faso’s capital on Saturday, as tensions rose across the conflict-riddled nation with the population angry at the government’s inability to stem violence linked to al-Qaida and the...

Women step up, fill the gaps in Burkina Faso's virus fight

Nov. 25, 2021 03:06 AM EST

KAYA, Burkina Faso (AP) — Mariama Sawadogo sits in a small studio, translating notes from French to the local language of Moore and scribbling talking points in the margins. Transmission, prevention, vaccination — Sawadogo hits these topics in her bimonthly radio show on Zama FM,...

Attack by extremists in Burkina Faso kills at least 19

Nov. 23, 2021 13:28 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — At least 19 people, including nine security force members, have been killed during an attack by suspected extremists in Burkina Faso, the government-press agency said Tuesday. The attack Sunday in Foube in the Center-North region also...

West Africa has highest numbers of child soldiers, says UN

Nov. 23, 2021 05:53 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Trapped in conflicts, the children of West and Central Africa are the most recruited by armed groups in the world and also have the highest number of victims of sexual violence, says a report released Tuesday by the United Nations Children’s Fund. ...

French military denies injuring protesters in Burkina Faso

Nov. 22, 2021 11:28 AM EST

KAYA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The French military has denied injuring civilians in Burkina Faso when firing warning shots to disperse protesters who had blocked one of its military convoys. Amid an increase in Islamic extremist violence in Burkina Faso, tensions have...

Hundreds go missing in Burkina Faso amid extremist violence

Nov. 17, 2021 03:56 AM EST

FADA N'GOURMA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The last time Polenli Combary spoke to her son on the phone she prayed for God to bless him. Shortly after, she called back but the line was dead. Her 34-year-old son was returning a truck used to move the family's belongings from...

Death toll in Burkina Faso security force attack rises to 32

Nov. 15, 2021 15:28 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The death toll for the weekend attack in northern Burkina Faso has risen to at least 28 officers and four civilians, the government said Monday, marking the deadliest attack on the West African nation's security forces since jihadi violence started more than...

Extremist attack in Burkina Faso kills at least 20

Nov. 14, 2021 16:48 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — An attack by jihadis on a gendarme post in northern Burkina Faso killed at least 19 officers and one civilian Sunday, the ministry of security said. The attack took place in Inata town in Soum province, near Burkina Faso's border with...

COVID takes a bite from Bazoulé’s cult of sacred crocodiles

Oct. 22, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

BAZOULÉ, Burkina Faso (RNS) — The small live chicken, offered as a lure to get the crocodile to come out of the lake, barely convinced the massive male reptile to the water’s edge. The croc, himself the lure for the sprinkling of visitors who had come 20 miles from the capital,...

Africa's largest film festival kicks off in Burkina Faso

Oct. 16, 2021 07:28 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Africa's largest film festival kicks off Saturday in Burkina Faso amid both the COVID-19 pandemic and a growing jihadi insurgency in the West African nation that has killed thousands of people and displaced more than 1 million in recent years. ...