Three European journalists, two Spanish and one Irish, have been killed in an attack on an anti-poaching patrol in Burkina Faso, officials said Tuesday. "It is very unfortunate, but the three Westerners were executed by terrorists," said a senior security source in the West African nation.
More than two million people have been forced to flee their homes within their own countries' borders owing to violence engulfing Africa's Sahel region, according to the United Nations. The humanitarian response is "dangerously overstretched" in an area covering parts of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger, said UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
In tonight's edition: Ethiopian troops march on the Tigrayan capital as the country's war on the well-armed state continues. The north and east of Burkina Faso have been heavily hit by terrorist attacks since 2015. The one million people forced from their homes will find it difficult to vote in Sunday's presidential election. Central African pygmies' traditional music and dance style continues to draw crowds. The name translates as the dance of the caterpillars and its rhythms and sounds have been passed down through generations.
In the fight against terrorist groups in Africa, US forces provide crucial support to the G5 Sahel group (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) with intelligence, logistics and supplies. But as the terror threat continues to spread in the region, Africa is no longer a priority for the Pentagon, which could well withdraw its troops, as announced by US President Donald Trump.
In West Africa, the nation of Burkina Faso is a weak link in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel region. In the north of the country, which suffers constant terror attacks, entire provinces are threatened. And an unprecedented humanitarian crisis is underway, with Covid-19 just beginning to spread. Our reporters Jonathan Walsh and Kalidou Sy went to find out more.
Zimbabwe's health system is being stretched even further by malaria outbreaks that have killed at least 131 people. Also, Burkina Faso and Ghana have started to ease coronavirus lockdown measures but the number of cases continue to rise in both countries and there are fears that the changes have come too early. And finally, in Gabon, masks are now compulsory but the majority of poeple still lack equipment and are struggling economically.
Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, granted France 24 an interview from Geneva. He described the humanitarian crisis in the Syrian northwest region of Idlib as one of the “most terrible over nine years”. Back from a trip to the Sahel region, Filippo Grandi is particularly concerned about Burkina Faso, where he witnessed 800 000 of people fleeing their homes attacked by jihadists with “absolutely no hesitation in killing, and raping”, telling stories “among the most horrifying” he ever
Refugees International says Burkina Faso is experiencing one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world and has emerged as the latest epicentre of conflict in the Sahel region. Alexandra Lamarche, Senior Advocate for West and Central Africa at Refugees International joins CNBC Africa on how Burkina Faso can overcome the current humanitarian challenges in the country.