after the attack on a supply convoy, Djibo, under blockade, more than ever suffocated

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After a new blow in Burkina Faso, calm has returned to Ouagadougou. But the humanitarian and security situation remains just as worrying, especially in Djibo, in Soum province. The city located in the north of the country has been under a jihadist blockade for seven months, it is likely that famine will settle there. It was precisely towards this city of 300,000 inhabitants that the supply convoy attacked on September 26 was headed. An attack that precipitated the coup on Friday.

In Burkina Faso’s capital, as craftsmen replace the headlights and windshield of a truck that suffered the jihadist assault on Gaskindé on September 26 Finally, the president of the Sahel road drivers’ union, Abdoul Aziz Zoungrana, shows the damage to vehicles returning to the capital. ” These are the bullet holes. This is what caused the engine to stall. “, informs the microphone of our special correspondent in Ouagadougou, Sidy Yansanewho was able to meet the drivers who had survived the massacre.

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In its latest report, the General Staff of the Armies indicates that ten civilians died and three are missing. Figures that do not satisfy the carriers, who account for thirty missing out of a total of 207 drivers who were part of the convoy.

This survivor fled the massacre to walk to the town of Bourzanga, 30 kilometers away. ” The military plane carrying out the reconnaissance turned around the former Gaskindé military camp. It was shortly after that we heard the shots and the rockets. I saw dead and wounded, it was the rescue that can “, he says.

The president of the UCRB union, Abdoul Aziz Zoungrana, regrets that the authorities do not integrate the carriers in the anti-jihadist struggle. ” We are also at war. We are in the same fight. we suffer everything he is outraged. We pass controls of the rooms, threats, but we return there again. It was the attack in Naré, in Taparko, in Déou, in Seytenga. Even after the attacks, we always leave because we too have taken an oath to serve the Sahel. »

Out of solidarity, the union centrals will mark a day of mourning this Thursday, until Friday after prayer.

A first supply of air for the inhabitants of Djibo

Meanwhile, the 300,000 inhabitants of the provincial capital of Soum, in northern Burkina Faso, continue to live under the blockade of armed men. For months they have lacked everything: food, fuel and medicine. And although supply convoys escorted by soldiers had been present for several months, this did not prevent the last one from being attacked.

Wednesday, the army organized a first aerial supply. For Amadou Tamboura, from the Consultation Framework for Civil Society Organizations in Soum, this will alleviate the suffering of the inhabitants, but it will not be enough. “ The population had almost nothing left. The populations had finished the provisions they had, as it should be remembered that the convoy passing through Djibo to supply the town was attacked on the eve of the coup. So, in the city, there was nothing. Around Djibo, there was no agricultural campaign. People cannot even leave Djibo, not even ten meters. The city is suffocated. Eight children died the day before yesterday. And before that, others also died. Some families have even made the decision to leave, despite the risks, he says.

For this supply to be of any use, it is necessary to go furtherhe continues. The population asks for an airlift, because it is unacceptable, inadmissible that today, in the XXI century, someone could die of hunger. That’s all people ask for today. Even if it’s one meal a day. »

Location of Djibo, Burkina Faso. © RFI

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