This Tuesday, Washington has clearly advised US travelers to set foot in Burkina Faso. It was in an official statement that the State Department announced the news.
The US Department of Foreign Affairs (called the United States Department of State, Ed) does not go with the back of the spoon. For him, the « country of upright men » is now placed at the top of the most dangerous nations for any traveler, especially American.
For the State Department, this assertion is explained « because of terrorism, crime and kidnapping » that prevail in Burkina Faso since the advent of jihadism on its land.
As a reminder, this poor country in West Africa has been the target of an almost incalculable number of hostage-taking since 2015, the year of the beginning of attacks by jihadists who have established their bases mainly in the north. Their attacks are becoming more and more frequent and murderous over the years.
According to a report provided by our colleagues from AFP (Agence France Presse), these jihadist raids have made a total of 700 dead in Burkina Faso since the fateful year 2015. Some of these killings (often mass) have as authors Al- Qaeda and the Islamic State Organization. As for the UN, it advances the number of 500,000 internally displaced persons and refugees.
Before the jihadist encrustation in Burkina Faso, the country was one of the favorite destinations of tourists and other American travelers. The decision of the State Department comes to push further this country, already confronted with a desperate economy focused precisely on tourism arts and crafts, a major attraction for tourists.