Armed Islamists Wage Violent Campaign Against Burkinabe Education

Education has been disrupted by the violence perpetrated by armed Islamist groups in Burkina Faso - and, in response, by self-defense militias and government security forces - since the emergence of the Burkinabè armed Islamist group Ansaroul Islam in 2016. A surge in attacks in 2019 continued into 2020, displacing over 830,000 people from their homes.

  • Burkina Faso:  Armed Islamists Attack Education

    HRW, 25 May 2020

    Increasing armed Islamist group attacks on teachers, students, and schools in Burkina Faso since 2017 have had a devastating impact on children's access to education, Human Rights… Read more »



Students sit crammed up to five at desks meant for two, in overcrowded classes of up to 125 students, at a primary school in Kaya, a town hosting tens of thousands of displaced people in Centre-Nord region, Burkina Faso.

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