If you’re reading this, you’ve probably also read or heard about Burkina Faso in the news lately. Yup, things have been eventful this week! I’m glad that I’m not in the capital, since things are much calmer in my neck of the woods. I’ve been safe, but it is still rather stressful to be in the middle of a country going through such craziness. I don’t even know exactly what to call it. But here are a few “highlights” of the week:
– This week the congress was meeting, with a planned vote on Thursday to decide whether or not to change the constitution to allow the president to run again in 2015.
– On Tuesday, there was a large protest, some say with a million people, because they thought that 27 years for the president was enough and he should not try to run again in 2015.
– On Thursday morning, since they were still planning on going on with the vote, the protesters burned down the congress building, affectively stopping the vote. They took over the TV station, marched on the president’s house (didn’t find him), and captured his little brother. Thursday night the president said that he wouldn’t try to run again in 2015.
– That wasn’t enough for the protesters, though, since he said that he’d stay until next year to finish out his current term. So on Friday the protesters took to the streets. I heard that this time it was more than a million people (which is quite significant in a country of only 18-or-so million people!). By the end of the day, the president stepped down, fled the country, and a General Traore said that he’d be the president in the transition.
– On Saturday morning I found out that a Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida also claimed to be president in the transition. Two presidents. Not good. But by that afternoon, General Traore said that Lieutenant Colonel Zida could have the job. The problem was that by Saturday night I heard that the protesters were unhappy that the military was in charge during the transition.
– Therefore, the protesters met this morning and it looks like they were about to pronounce one of their people as president on TV, when the military came and affectively chased them out of the TV station. The army is now in control of the presidency and the TV station.
So there’s a long story short. Actually, it’s not that long of a story. I’m actually amazed at how quickly it’s happening! And at how peaceful things are in the meantime here. We’ll see where things go from here. Please keep praying for Burkina Faso and for all of us here.