TREE AID staff safe amid military coup in Burkina Faso

Update 17.00 07.10.15

All TREE AID staff have now returned to their home countries. Our offices are open and our projects are operating as normal.

The transitional civilian government have been returned to power and the leader of the junta, Gen Gilbert Diendere, has been charged with crimes associated with the coup.

Update 14.40 24.09.15

Following a coup by the presidential guard in Burkina Faso on Wednesday 16.09.15, the deposed civilian government have been returned to power. In the interests of security Burkina Faso staff will remain at home until the end of the week.  We expect normal Burkina Faso office activity to resume from Monday, by which time non-Burkinabe staff will also have returned to their home countries.

Update 16:55 21.09.15: 

Following the military coup in Burkina Faso on Wednesday, TREE AID staff living and working there have been ordered to stay at home for their own safety. Our office in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, is closed. Staff who were visiting Burkina Faso from the UK and other African countries at the time of the coup are making their ways home as safe transport becomes available.  Our team in Ouagadougou say that the city is very quiet and they are all safe in their homes at the moment.

Negotiations are ongoing between representatives of the African Union and the military coup leaders.

Latest news can be found on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-34318143

And France24: http://www.france24.com/en/

Update 10.22am 18.09.15:

There has been a relatively calm night in Burkina Faso. Our UK staff continue to stay in their hotel and the Burkina Faso staff continue to work from home.

Original report 12.30pm 17.09.15

There are reports of a military coup in Burkina Faso after the President and Prime Minister were arrested. TREE AID’s largest African office is based in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou. Some members of the UK staff were visiting the office when the unrest started and will return to the UK when possible. All our staff are safe. Our primary concern remains the safety and well-being of all our staff and the communities we work with, with whom we are in regular contact.

TREE AID projects located in Burkina Faso are continuing, led by our dedicated network of field workers.

Ludovic Contitamde, Director of West Africa, based in Burkina Faso, said: “We hope that things return to normal as soon as possible so that we can continue to work to ensure the best development of our dear country.”

We will carry on monitoring the situation closely and announce any changes.

We wish for peace for the people of Burkina Faso.


If you would like any more information please email info@treeaid.org.uk or phone 0117 909 6363

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