Jihadist takeover causes mass school closures in Burkina Faso
According to AFP, a jihadist threat has forced the closure of schools in Burkina Faso’s eastern province of Tapoa. “Since Monday all schools in Tapoa province are closed,” Marcel Ouoba, spokesperson for a local youth movement, told a news conference in the capital Ouagadougou.
Ouoba added that “the terrorists have taken over and control all the entrance and exit points,” preventing movement in and out of the province.
Ouoba said that the whole province “has fallen into evil hands – the state no longer controls anything.”
Civilians in Burkina Faso are subject to grave acts of violence and human rights violations at the hands of extremist groups, who often target Christians, their leaders, and places of worship.