28 Bodies Found Shot Dead in Burkina Faso
January 3, 2022
Cited article by Al Jazeera
HRRC continues to monitor the ongoing threats to civilians in Burkina Faso. Despite promises to address the security concerns, repeated coups in the region demonstrate the lack of control and ability to protect civilians. International aid and assistance may prove vital in providing safety and support of those caught between the current violence.
On December 30, 2022, the government of Burkina Faso was informed of a fatal "incident" in the town of Nuona. The discovery of 28 bodies that were shot to death has led to the announcement of a full investigation. The Collective against Impunity and Stigmatisation of Communities (CISC) has denounced the incident as “reprisals targeting civilians”.
Attacks targeting both armed groups and civilians have increased over the past months, primarily within the Northern and Eastern regions bordering Mali and Niger. Burkina Faso is experiencing violent rebellions that spread from Mali. Throughout the violence, thousands have been killed and nearly two million people have been displaced. The Government has been unable to address the violence, and has experienced two coups within the last year, with each leader promising and failing to prioritize security.