The latest development in Burkina Faso is that the coup leaders have agreed on a deal with the regular army to avoid further violence.

On September 16th the presidential guards seized control and placed President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida under arrest. Yesterday the regular army arrived in the capital Ouagadougou and vowed to retake it. General Diendere, leader of the presidential guards, has pledged that Kafando will be reinstated as President. At least 10 people have been killed and more than 100 injured since the coup started.

ABC children's aid Iceland has a school in Bobo, which is situated about 400 kilometers from the capital. Our team leaders and field workers there, Hinrik Thorsteinsson and Gudny Ragnhildur Jonasdottir, have informed us that everything has effectively shut down and there's a nation wide curfew from 7 pm. to 7 am. in effect. School work in Bobo was scheduled to commence 2nd October after summer vacation but it's unclear if that date will hold.

The staff in ABC children's Aid Iceland is in daily contact with Hinrik and Gudny and will bring updates on this matter.

 

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