HRW: Tourists abducted in Burkina Faso were taken to Mali

HRW: Tourists abducted in Burkina Faso were taken to Mali

It’s been more than three months since travelers Canadian Edith Blais and Luca Tacchetto of Italy went missing in Burkina Faso, and there’s been little information to break the silence on what has happened to them. Now a report from Human Rights Watch suggests that Blais and Tacchetto were kidnapped…

HRW: Burkina trapped between extremists, security forces

HRW: Burkina trapped between extremists, security forces

Villagers in Burkina Faso say they’re caught between the demands of armed extremists and the violence of their own security forces, in a northern Sahel region where more than 150 people have been killed and thousands forced to flee in the past year. That’s according to a Human Rights Watch…

MSF warns of increasing threat on Mali-Niger border

MSF warns of increasing threat on Mali-Niger border

Humanitarian aid workers say the threat of violence because of armed groups along Mali’s border with Niger has sent more than 8,000 people into the village of Kongokiré in the latter’s Tillabéry region. “Many of the displaced in Kongokiré have already been forced to flee several times,” said Innocent Kunywana,…

Canadian man ID’d in Burkina Faso mine abduction

A Canadian man abducted in Burkina Faso earlier this week and later found dead has been identified as Kirk Woodman, a vice president of exploration for a mining company based in Nova Scotia. A government official in the Sahel nation confirmed the name following Tuesday’s incident at a Progress Minerals…

Burkina Faso declares state of emergency in 6 provinces

Authorites in Burkina Faso have declared a state of emergency in six of its 13 provinces, in response to an escalating terrorist threat. President Roch Marc Kaboré announced the decision through his information minister following an emergency meeting with the country’s council of ministers on Monday. The declaration covers four…

Green Climate Fund boosts 3 new projects in Africa

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved USD$110 million in funding for three proposals from the African Development Bank (AfDB), including a mini-grid project for Democratic Republic of Congo. The AfDB will match $21 million in GCF loan and grant funding to build three pilot solar PV plants and the battery…

ICIJ investigation has West African corruption in its crosshairs

The launch of a new investigative journalism series has all eyes on West Africa, where the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has partnered with reporters in 11 countries to, among other things, track down money in offshore tax havens and expose the elite clientele connected to the funds. “Leaked…

Terror and targets: What’s behind the Ouagadougou attacks?

The terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou on Friday were by no means the first in Burkina Faso, where people were gunned down in the Aziz Istanbul restaurant while dining in August or died at the Splendid Hotel, a site popular among Westerners that was targeted by car bomb attacks in January…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Burkina Faso: JNIM claims responsibility for Ouagadougou attack

The al Qaeda-affiliated militant group JNIM (Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims) has claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks in Ouagadougou, in a statement released to a Mauritanian media outlet. The message to Al Akhbar said the separate but simultaneous attacks on Burkina Faso’s military headquarters and the Embassy of…

Brussels conference boosts G5 Sahel force funding to $509 million

The international community has pledged more than USD$500 million to support the regional G5 Sahel security force, the European Union said following a high-level conference hosted in Brussels Friday. The funding for the joint military force of the five nations – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger – includes…