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Burkina Faso pounds patriotic drum in anti-jihadist fight

Burkina Faso pounds patriotic drum in anti-jihadist fight

OUAGADOUGOU: With flags, appeals to patriotism and reminders of its revered revolutionary leader, Burkina Faso has been calling for volunteers to join a battered civilian force fighting ruthless jihadis.The authorities have been seeking 50,000 members for the Volunteers for the Defence of the Fatherland (VDP) -- an auxiliary force that supports the country’s poorly equipped army in its seven-year-old struggle against the insurgents.At a gathering in the regional governor’s office in the capital Ouagadougou, the fervent tone was set by Alouna Traore -- a close aide to Burkina Faso’s firebrand former leader, Thomas Sankara, who 35 years after his assassination remains idolised today.Traore, the only survivor of the attack that gunned down Sankara and his inner circle, made a dramatic entrance on a small motorbike with a Burkinabe flag perched on its petrol tank.At the age of 65, he was offering his services to the VDP.“The fatherland is in danger,“ he declared, a black scarf around his n

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