If you haven’t noticed, Burkina Faso has been making the international news lately, sadly not for positive reasons. Three separate incidents over the past six weeks have resulted in civil and military unrest.
First, in late February student protests erupted in many cities over alleged police brutality. Some protests were peaceful, but others involved the destruction of governmental buildings. Schools have been closed for much of the last month. Then, two separate military protests broke out; the first on March 23rd in Ouagadougou, and then the second from March 28th-30th in multiple regional capitals. See a first hand report from an American in Fada N’gourma here. The Burkinabe government has issued a country-wide curfew, and the US embassy has recommended US citizens abide by a dusk-to-dawn curfew. On April 1st, the AFP reported that Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore met armed forces representatives and announced the “crisis is over”.
I am safe, and have come into the capital to wait until things simmer down a bit.