Date: April 03, 2020, 07:01:11 PM
Vigilante groups behind Fulani massacre in Burkina Faso ―Amnesty: Politics : Nigerialog.com - Nigeria's Premier Online Forum
Burkina Faso, one of the world’s poorest countries, has battled a jihadist insurgency since 2015. The conflict has provoked attacks on Fulani herders whom other communities accuse of supporting militants.A year ago, unidentified armed individuals attacked the village of Yirgou and killed six people, including the village chief. The attack was followed by inter-community reprisals, resulting in 46 deaths, according to official figures, but more than 200 according to NGOs and politicians.
The organisation said the killings “occurred in the context of the government’s promulgation of the ‘Volunteers for the Defence of the Homeland Act'”.The new law was put in place in January to authorise the recruitment of ‘volunteers’ for military purposes, Amnesty said, “in an effort to ramp up the fight against growing violence and attacks by armed groups across Burkina Faso”.Burkina Faso is in the centre of the Sahel region where a militant insurgency has spread from Mali. Attacks in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso killed at least 4,000 people in 2019, according to the United Nations.