There has been a coup d’état in Burkina Faso. Rebel soldiers spoke on state television, announcing that they had seized power and suspended the constitution. The country was in chaos, and the population was cut off from access to the Internet. Our representative Gosia Tomaszewska and those involved in the project in Gourcy are safe. We are following all the developments and we ask for your support.
After two days of unrest and clashes in the streets of Ouagadougou, the Burkina Faso army has taken control of the country. The inhabitants learned this from a peculiar appearance by the military on state television. A dozen uniformed men appeared on the screens to announce the detention of President Rocha Kabore. In the statement, the reason given for deposing the president from his position was, according to the military, Kabore’s inability to unite the nation and respond effectively to the challenges facing it. The coup leaders pledged to restore constitutional order at the “appropriate time”, adding that from now on, a curfew would be in place and all borders of the country, including air, would remain closed.
United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said in a statement that he “strongly condemns any attempt to seize power through the use of weapons”, calling the events a “subversion”, while the United States expressed “deep concern”.
What does this mean for our project? For the time being, we are staying calm. We are not stepping down. The Good Factory was created to provide people with equal opportunities and to be among those who need a helping hand the most. In Gourcy, we are preparing to drill another borehole to help increase the productivity of the garden. Producing more food is now crucial to meet the needs of refugees from the north, who have abandoned their fields in fear of jihadist attacks and are seeking refuge in the depths of the country. We desperately need you to help us produce even more good where there is constant uncertainty about whether there will be food to eat tomorrow.
Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in West Africa, even though gold mines are thriving in the north of the country. Regular terrorist attacks in the north and the resulting wave of refugees, as well as another year of severe droughts, have led to the fastest-growing humanitarian crisis in the world. More than 3 million inhabitants are already in need of urgent food aid.
Join us and help develop an agricultural project which feeds the most vulnerable families. 8 PLN is the price to pay for 5 m2 of land. From the very beginning, our project in Burkina Faso was based on setting in motion a little good that would drive a small community from this forgotten corner of Africa to work and to multiply it.