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They will arrive nevertheless...
800 migrants perished on the night between Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 of April. They had left from Libya and were heading towards Italy. The death toll of deaths has risen to 15oo since the beginning of this year. That is 30 times more than the whole previous year. In just one week Italian authorities have rescued 11 000 people, which is simply 10% of all those who arrived last year, the journalist Bernard Renaud reports on French television (April 20). An extraordinary European summit is scheduled for the 23 of April to discuss the crisis of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean. The European Union has promised to look into new possibilities to prevent disasters at sea or to stem the flow of illegal immigrants. But is there really any hope that the root cause will be dealt with?
A way to help reduce famine and poverty
As part of its drive to enhance the value of local dairy products the UMPL/B – the National Union of mini-dairies and local milk producers - recently organised a 3day/72 hour event around ”The role and the contribution of mini-dairies in the social and economic development of its workers”. This was the first in its kind and the opening ceremony, presided over by the Minister for animal resources, took place on Saturday February 14 2015 in Ouagadougou.
Will the transitional government of Burkina forget the farmers?
My best wishes for 2015 to all of you, not forgetting the farmers of the world in general and those of Burkina Faso in particular.
Yesterday I listened to the President of the provisional government, Mr Michel Kafando, presenting his good wishes for the new year at the 8 p.m. news on the RTB (Burkina television and radio broadcasting) to the people of Burkina. In this first New Year’s message he did not forget to especially address the women and the young who played a decisive part in the uprising of October 30 and 31. In an initial message the President can obviously not cover everything. He did however ensure us that the National Transition Council (CNT – Conseil National de Transition) is now fully operational. We only hope that we can believe him. However, I very much fear that again the farmers will be left out and once more remain the “magnificent forgotten”.