By Michel Biem Tong, Ouagadougou – Burkina Faso, Thursday, November 28, 2019.
The United States of America has said in a statement, Wednesday, November 27, 2019, that it urges its citizens to review travel advisory before traveling to the West African country of Burkina Faso.
The announcement from the US comes after France that also disadvises Burkina Faso as a destination for its nationals. On November 22, the United States Embassy in Ouagadougou announced that 22 children of embassy staff at the International Children School of Ouagadougou, will be withdrawn and sent back home from December 1.
Consistent with our primary responsibility to protect American citizens and consistent with the assessment that the security situation in Burkina Faso has reached a point where it is not appropriate for children to remain as part of the Embassy community at this time, the U.S. Embassy ordered the departure of U.S. mission family members under the age 21,” the US Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital has said.
The statement, however, echoed there’s no particular threat that triggered the action, although many are citing a rise in insecurity and terrorism. “There is no specific threat that prompted this decision, rather this reconfiguration of the U.S. Embassy staffing profile will enable refocused operations to assist Burkina Faso in its struggle against violent extremist organizations.”
Burkina Faso is fighting against jihadist groups since 2015 in its Northern and Eastern parts, in which about 700 civilians have died, according to NGOs. Several scenes of terrorist attacks have been recorded over the months.