The Burkinabè junta is confident. Proclaiming, for months, its “rising power” and the “cornering” of terrorists, the militarized regime intends to overthrow the jihadist hydra almost as easily as the power of Roch Kaboré. In recent days, the president of the transition, Paul-Henri Damiba, evoked both the redeployment of soldiers and the strengthening of the security system, with in particular new combat helicopters. Hasn’t he forgotten a component of the struggle?
Burkina Faso: combat helicopters, military redeployment… Damiba strengthens the security system
August 27 at Ouagadougou, during a public conference on security in the Sahel, an expert in territorial strategy and local development wanted us to call on ancestral “abandoned” control techniques, traditional “values” in relation to the animal world. For Kalifara Séré, fighters against armed groups could advantageously resort to “war bees, pythons and sacred caimans”. Insects, snakes and crocodilians that he claims are “ten times more powerful than the VDPs”, these Volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland engaged alongside the professional armed forces.
The idea of sending animals to the front is not incongruous, men having “hired”, in times of war and at very different times, pigeons, cats, dolphins, elephants or dogs. Specialized in the detection of explosives, a canid of the Jack Russel breed was decorated, on May 8, with the medal of courage by President Volodymyr Zelensky, for having spotted 236 dangerous devices since the beginning of l’invasion of Ukraine by Russia. The public at the Ouagadougou conference expects Kalifara Séré to evoke the logistical springs of the device, whether they are related to a Pavlovian training or to a mystical programming.
DRC, Ivory Coast, Benin… Natural parks, new sanctuaries for armed groups?
The prospect is enticing: no bee strikes due to unpaid balances, no city refueling via damaged bridges, no legal proceedings in the event of abuses, no accusation of illegitimate overflight of airspace… The bees terrorist killers would even be the most ecologically correct drones in the Sahelian arsenal.
What remuneration, then, for these animal soldiers? The guarantee of safeguarding biodiversity. In Burkina Faso, terrorists threaten animals just as much as poachers do. In the classified forest of Maro, where elephants pass, and at the Hippopotamus Pond of Bala, “sacred” mammals are threatened with extinction. The reserves serve as a refuge for jihadists to prepare and launch attacks. The Conservatives can no longer do their job properly…