Burkina Faso - When Civilians Take Up Arms Against Militants
Passed by parliament in January 2020, Burkina Faso's new "Volunteers for the Defence of the Homeland" law is a response to a spike in violence that has forced more than 750,000 people to flee their homes - almost all since the beginning of last year - and overwhelmed the country's ill-equipped and demoralised security forces, writes Sam Mednick for the New Humanitarian.
Burkina Faso's Parliament has voted to provide local volunteers with "light weapons" after a terrorist attack on two villages left 32 civilians dead. No one has claimed ... Read more »
Officials say gunmen killed 24 people, including a pastor, and wounded at least 18 near a Protestant church in the village of Pansi in Burkina Faso's northern Yagha province,. Read more »
More than a dozen civilians have died after a bus hit an improvised explosive device in northern Burkina Faso. Most of those who were killed were students who were reportedly on ... Read more »
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore says fighting between security forces and militants in the town of Arbinda, left 80 militants dead as well as seven soldiers. Read more »
Burkina Faso military (File photo).