Back to Square One (10th Coup d’État in Burkina)

Back to Square One (10th Coup d’État in Burkina)

I have always been fonder of Parcheesi than of ‘The Goose’ (the popular Spanish board game ‘La Oca’). Yet, while both games could serve as a simile for Burkina’s current situation after its 10th coup d’état this weekend, I’d relate it to the experience of landing on square 58 (the skull) in ‘La Oca’, which sends you all the way back to square one.

A Morning at the Police Station…

I truly wonder how anyone can muster the motivation to work in an environment like the one in which I’ve spent pretty much all morning. Specifically, I’ve been in the “office” of the police station’s search brigade, where I had to file a complaint denouncing the theft of 77 of the protective fences around the 1,000 trees that FAR has planted this year.

Waiting List

Waiting List

We are celebrating at FAR again because we have just provided bicycles to 5,000 people. Behind each of those 5,000 bikes is a person who has gone through our endless “waiting list,” which can receive more than 1,000 applicants in a single day.

Traditional Chiefs and Adultery

Traditional Chiefs and Adultery

I have been waiting for some time for an event that might provide me the opportunity to comment on the “auctoritas” (the real, although not legal power) of Burkinabé society’s traditional leaders. Today, one of the women beneficiaries of the FAR vegetable garden was expelled from the neighborhood for adultery, opening the door to this new post.

Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children in Burkina

Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children in Burkina

Following a recent case involving the sexual abuse of one of the girls in FAR’s “education for unschooled girls” project (the third… that we know of…), I discover “Out of the Shadows”, a 2020 report on child sexual abuse and exploitation by The Economist Intelligence Unit, which ranks Burkina 59th (alongside Pakistan) of the 60 countries ranked.