January 20, 2019
The capital of Burkina Faso is literally called “Ouagadougou.”
Who, other than a Canadian, would think it is a good idea to work in a country with a city named after a baboon mating call?
A Canadian geologist kidnapped earlier this week in the West African nation of Burkina Faso has been killed, Canadian officials confirm.
Kirk Woodman was abducted by gunmen on Tuesday night from a mine exploration camp in the country’s northern region.
Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland condemned those responsible “for this terrible crime”.
Mr Woodman was the second Canadian to go missing in Burkina Faso in recent weeks.
Ms Freeland said that Canada is working with the Burkina Faso government and other international partners “to pursue those responsible and bring them to justice. The government’s priority is the safety and security of Canadians”.
So far, little is known about the circumstances surrounding Mr Woodman’s kidnapping from the camp, located near the Niger border, by unidentified individuals and his death. No group has taken responsibility.