Burkina Faso: among the sixty of kidnapped people are women and infants

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The prosecutor of Djibo in northern Burkina Faso, Issouf Ouedraogo, announced on Thursday that among the sixty or so people abducted last week were also infants.

Judicial police officers informed the prosecutor’s office of the abduction of women and infants by unidentified armed groups on 12 and 13 January in the villages of Liki-Boukouma and Sirigni, adding that an investigation had been opened.

The previous report put the number of victims at around 50. However, on Wednesday, the Burkinabe human rights movement (MBDH) “drew up a non-exhaustive list of 61 abducted women”. The movement called on the authorities to improve conditions for people living in high-risk security zones.

This means providing them with aid and assistance and allowing them humanitarian access, the MBDH called.

On Tuesday, an airlift took place to Arbinda, which is an area under blockade by jihadist groups, where more than a million people live in either the north or east of the country, according to the United Nations. These areas are still subject to deadly terrorist attacks. But the growing number of kidnappings, especially of women and babies, is a first for the country.

The governor of the Sahel region, Lieutenant-Colonel Rodolphe Sorgho, said this week that a search was underway for the abductees in the north of the country.

Jihan Rmili

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