Highlights / Burkina Faso

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Canadian kidnap victim returns home only to face COVID-19 quarantine

A Canadian woman who was kidnapped in Western Africa 15 months ago along with her Italian boyfriend has finally arrived in Canada after the pair managed to escape their captors in northern Mali earlier this month, the woman’s family said »

International, Politics

Burkina Faso faces ‘astounding’ displacement crisis: report

Burkina Faso is facing one of the world’s fastest growing displacement crises threatening to engulf the entire West African country and spill over into neighbouring Ghana, Benin, Togo, and Cote d’Ivoire, warns a report by the U.S.-based NGO Refugees International. »

International, Politics

UN food assistance agency warns of escalating crisis in Burkina Faso

As Burkina Faso marks the 59th anniversary of its independence, the United Nations is warning of an escalating humanitarian crisis driven by intensifying conflict and climate change that has gripped the West African nation and its neighbours in the Central »

International

Canadian gold mine hit by deadly attack in Burkina Faso won’t reopen in 2019

A Canadian-owned mine in Burkina Faso that suspended operations in November following a deadly ambush on its workers, which killed 38 people and injured dozens of others, says it won’t resume operations this year. Benoit Desormeaux, president and CEO of »

International

Dozens still missing after deadly attack near Canadian-run mine in Burkina Faso

Dozens of people were feared still missing on Thursday after an ambush on workers near a Canadian-owned mine in Burkina Faso killed at least 37 and wounded 60 in the worst such attack in the West African nation for years. »

International

At least 37 dead in Canadian mining convoy attack in Burkina Faso

At least 37 civilians were killed and more than 60 wounded in an attack by an unidentified gunman on a convoy transporting workers of Canadian-based gold miner Semafo in eastern Burkina Faso, regional authorities said on Wednesday. The Montreal-based company »

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Canadian missing in Burkina Faso is still alive, says Trudeau

A Quebec woman who went missing in Burkina Faso in mid-December is in all likelihood still alive, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday at the conclusion of a cabinet retreat in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Edith Blais, 34, a native of Sherbrooke, »

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Canada ‘appalled’ by death of Canadian kidnapped in Burkina Faso

Canada is “appalled and deeply saddened” by the killing of a Canadian man reportedly abducted by jihadists in northern Burkina Faso, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday. Kirk Woodman was kidnapped by a jihadist group that raided a mining »

International

Another Canadian kidnapped in Burkina Faso

An Canadian employee of Vancouver-based Progress Minerals has been kidnapped in the west African country of Burkina Faso. Canadian Press reports he is Kirk Woodman and that he was abducted during a raid on a mining site. Canadian officials are »

International, Society

Canadian tourist and her Italian companion missing in Burkina Faso

The family of a 34-year-old Quebec woman travelling in West Africa fears for her safety after not hearing from her for almost three weeks. Edith Blais and her Italian friend Luca Tacchetto, 30, were travelling by car in the southwest »