February 3, 2022 | 10:15 a.m.
Approximately one week after the military coup in Burkina Faso, Convoy of Hope is glad to report that programming continues and all of Convoy’s team members in the area are safe.
“All Convoy of Hope programmatic activities have gone back to normal, and we have access to all 40 program centers with the same precautions as before the coup,” said Jules Compaore, Convoy’s National Director in Burkina Faso.
Since the coup, residents of Burkina Faso have been under a curfew and are eagerly waiting to learn what other changes might be on the horizon. But for now, many are able to maintain a normal state of affairs.
“The curfew is still on, but from midnight to 4 a.m., none of our activities are affected,” Jules said. “It seems Burkina will be a safe place again … we will just wait and see.”
Now that Convoy of Hope’s program centers in the area are back up and running, Convoy can continue providing meals to children, education and opportunities to those in need, and sustainable change to communities in Burkina Faso.
“We really appreciate prayers for the Burkina people,” said Jules.
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January 26, 2022 | 3:39 p.m.
Despite a military coup in which Burkina Faso’s president, Roch Kaboré, was overthrown, Convoy of Hope’s team members in the area have reported that they are safe at this time.
On Monday, members of Burkina Faso’s military declared — on state television — that they had removed President Kaboré from power. The coup was the third to occur in the last 18 months. President Kaboré was re-elected two years ago.
“The military is now running the country and they want a stronger response to domestic terrorism, especially in the north,” explained Tom McLane, leader of Convoy’s programs in Africa. Tom added that, since Monday, sporadic demonstrations have popped up in the streets of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital city.
Although the current situation has created dangers that continue to complicate Convoy of Hope’s programming near the capital, Tom was quick to point out that his team will continue to prioritize the needs of those who rely on Convoy.
“I hope they hear and realize how much our Burkina team cares for the children and people of Burkina,” he said. “Their first thought was, ‘Do our feeding programs have enough food?’”
As this situation progresses, Convoy will continue to maintain its presence in Burkina Faso, despite complications. In the meantime, Tom has asked for support from those watching this situation progress overseas.
“Be in prayer for our team,” he said.
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