What's going on?
On Monday, January 24, Burkina Faso experienced a coup d’état. Military forces deposed president Roch Kaboré, who had served as the country’s democratic leader since 2015. Burkina Faso is now under the leadership of the Patriotic Movement for Preservation and Restoration (MPSR), led by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba.
Since gaining independence from France in 1960, the country has had little political stability. In a country of 21 million, some 1.5 million people are internally displaced, according to the UNHCR.
What is MCC doing?
MCC began working in Burkina Faso in 1975. Today, we have projects with local partners in the areas of food security, peacebuilding, education, emergency relief and health. To read a recent story about MCC's work in Burkina Faso, please see the current issue of A Common Place magazine.
What you can do
- Pray: Join us as we pray for peace and order in Burkina Faso*:
- Give: Your donations to MCC will allow us to continue our work meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in Burkina Faso.
- Advocate: Send a message to your member of Congress calling for peacebuilding efforts alongside development and humanitarian work. Ask for an emphasis on local peacebuilding as an alternative to foreign military interventions and operations.