Burkina Faso has been hit with another wave of controversy as Burkinabe troops have been accused of killing a group of boys and filming the gruesome act. The 83-second video surfaced in mid-February 2023 and showed the men walking among the bloodied bodies of the boys who had their hands bound. The incident allegedly occurred inside a military base located about two kilometres northwest of Ouahigouya, a regional capital near which one of the victims lived. Despite the allegations, the army has denied any involvement in the killings.
This act is considered a potential war crime under international law and has raised concerns about the conduct of Burkina Faso’s security forces. It is particularly concerning as the troops were identified as members of the security forces, who have recently received military training and hardware from the United States and the European Union. The video of the killing has since gone viral, causing outrage across the world.
The victims in the video were all boys, and one of them has been identified as a 16-year-old. In the video, a man is seen slamming a rock onto his head, causing his death. The families of the victims are distraught, and their cries for justice are growing louder by the day. The incident has sparked protests in the country, with many calling for an investigation into the killings and for those responsible to be held accountable for their actions.
Burkina Faso has been struggling with violence linked to Al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants for the past seven years. The situation has been worsened by the recent military junta led by Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba. The alleged killings of the boys have further highlighted the deteriorating security situation in the country and the need for the government to take urgent action to address it.
The international community has also condemned the incident, with the United Nations calling for a thorough investigation and for those responsible to be brought to justice. The situation in Burkina Faso is a cause for concern, and the government must take decisive action to address the issue of violence and human rights violations by its security forces. The world is watching, and the government must act swiftly to restore peace and justice to the country.