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Terror in Burkina Faso: how insurgents brought chaos to the once-stable Francophone state

Terror in Burkina Faso: how insurgents brought chaos to the once-stable Francophone state

Country: 
Burkina Faso
News Date: 
04/06/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

When Blaise Compaore, who turned the country into one of the poorest in the world after seizing power in a coup in 1987, was turfed out in a popular revolution five years ago hopes were raised that the country would find a way to prosper. But those hopes began to crumble after jihadists killed 28 people in a Ouagadougou hotel popular with westerners in January, 2016. It was the first significant sign that Burkina Faso was being sucked into an Islamist insurgency sweeping across the southern fringes of the Sahara desert, a region known as the Sahel.Since then, Islamist groups from Mali and Niger have relentlessly expanded their attacks in Burkina Faso, threatening both the country’s political transition and its social cohesion.