The French government has asked its citizens not to travel to all of Burkina Faso’s border regions for some reason after declaring the neighboring provinces of Ghana and Ivory Coast in the south of the country as “red areas” of danger to terrorist.
This extension comes a week after the attack in Kouré, Niger, in which six French aid workers and two Nigerian leaders were killed. With the exception of the capital Niamey, all of Niger was classified as a “red zone” this week.
Burkina is a breeding ground for terrorist groups. Ansarul Islam, an indigenous terrorist group, operates in the country, as does the Group in Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), a jihadist organization that brings together four others, including Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Al Murabitún and to a lesser extent, the Islamic State of the Greater Sahara (ISGS).
In addition, inter-community violence has increased, particularly pastors against peasants and the displacement of thousands of people, and attacks on leaders and members of the country’s Christian community have increased.