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ECOWAS suspends Burkina Faso

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Friday suspended Burkina Faso following a coup in the country. Burkina Faso becomes the third state to be suspended. The once 15-nation bloc has already suspended Guinea and Mali after military coups.

Burkina president Roch Marc Christian Kabore was seized on January 23 by rebel soldiers and put under house arrest. The new military leader of Burkina Faso is Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba. The people of Burkina seem to have lost their confidence in Roch after his failure to curb jihadist violence causing turmoil in the country.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba

It is reported that the jihadist insurgency has killed thousands of people and displaced approximately 1.5 million people since 2015.

‘Between 2015 and 2018, terrorist attacks targeted the capital Ouagadougou and other centres of power. Since 2019, attacks by mobile combat units targeted mostly rural zones in the north and east of the country, fuelling displacements en masse and intercommunal violence. Some 2,000 people were killed, among them civilians and members of the armed forces or the Volunteers for the Defence of the Homeland, a civilian auxiliary group of the army created in 2020.’ –  france24.com

Article written by Constance van Niekerk, Editor of Afrique Beat News. Email: info.afriquebeat@gmail.com

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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