AA / Ouagadougou / Dramane Traoré
A total of 478 Burkinabè soldiers have died since 2015 while defending the territorial integrity of the country, the Ministry of Defense announced on Monday during the celebration of the 61st anniversary of the National Armed Forces of Burkina Faso.
On a giant screen, the names of soldiers killed since 2015 on the front line paraded in an atmosphere full of emotions.
This figure does not include the paramilitary forces and the volunteers for the defense of the fatherland (VDP, army auxiliaries) killed since the beginning of the security crisis.
“I bow to the memory of all the fighters who fell on the field of honor in the war we are waging against terrorism, and wish speedy recovery to the wounded. I invite my compatriots to join our army, to build together, a strong, resilient and peaceful nation, “Burkinabè President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré wrote on Twitter.
This anniversary, which takes place in a context of increasing terrorist attacks in several regions of Burkina Faso, is placed under the theme: “61 years in the service of the defense of the homeland: together for a vibrant tribute to the National Armed Forces and for a decisive commitment to defeat terrorism “.
“I ask the citizens to stand up for the national leap that each in his own way makes his contribution for the building of the nation (…) I ask the nation to trust our national army”, declared the minister in in charge of National Defense, Brigadier General Aimé Barthélémy Simporé.
Simporé underlined the need for a new, more decisive commitment to end terrorism in Burkina Faso.
Since 2015 Burkina Faso has been facing a rise in terrorist attacks which have claimed many victims and more than 1.4 million internally displaced persons, according to the government.
These attacks also caused the closure of 2,244 schools affecting 304,564 students in several regions of the country, as of May 28, 2021, according to the authorities.
In addition, the violence has forced some 17,500 people to leave the country since the start of the current year according to the UN.
To date, a state of emergency has been declared in 14 of the country’s 45 provinces, in order to facilitate the fight against terrorism.
Since 2019, the curfew has been implemented in these regions and regularly extended to facilitate the fight against terrorism, according to the authorities.
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