Burkina Faso's volunteer fighters are no match for jihadists

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Burkina Faso's volunteer fighters are no match for jihadists

A group of local defense force fighters drive their motorbikes during an event to inaugurate a new chapter of the group in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Saturday, March 14, 2020. In an effort to combat rising jihadist violence, Burkina Faso’s military has recruited volunteers to help it fight militants. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
Volunteer fighter Issa Tamboure, walks with his family outside his tent in a makeshift site for displaced people in Kongoussi, Burkina Faso, Thursday, June 4, 2020. With little training, few weapons, and dwindling means amid an economic downturn fueled by the coronavirus pandemic, volunteers like Tamboure, recruited by the military to help fight jihadists, say they struggle to battle the well-armed extremists. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
Local defense force fighters drive on a motorbike during an event to inaugurate a new chapter of the group in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Saturday, March 14, 2020. In an effort to combat rising jihadist violence, Burkina Faso’s military has recruited volunteers to help it fight militants. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
Women and children walk in a makeshift site for displaced people in Kongoussi, Burkina Faso Thursday, June 4, 2020. Jihadist violence has dramatically escalated in Burkina Faso in recent years. The country's military has struggled to contain the violence. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
Women and children sit outside their tents in a makeshift site for displaced people in Kongoussi, Burkina Faso, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Jihadist violence has dramatically escalated in Burkina Faso in recent years. The country's military has struggled to contain the violence. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Burkina Faso's volunteer fighters are no match for jihadists

A group of local defense force fighters drive their motorbikes during an event to inaugurate a new chapter of the group in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Saturday, March 14, 2020. In an effort to combat rising jihadist violence, Burkina Faso’s military has recruited volunteers to help it fight militants. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
Volunteer fighter Issa Tamboure, walks with his family outside his tent in a makeshift site for displaced people in Kongoussi, Burkina Faso, Thursday, June 4, 2020. With little training, few weapons, and dwindling means amid an economic downturn fueled by the coronavirus pandemic, volunteers like Tamboure, recruited by the military to help fight jihadists, say they struggle to battle the well-armed extremists. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
Local defense force fighters drive on a motorbike during an event to inaugurate a new chapter of the group in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Saturday, March 14, 2020. In an effort to combat rising jihadist violence, Burkina Faso’s military has recruited volunteers to help it fight militants. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
Women and children walk in a makeshift site for displaced people in Kongoussi, Burkina Faso Thursday, June 4, 2020. Jihadist violence has dramatically escalated in Burkina Faso in recent years. The country's military has struggled to contain the violence. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
Women and children sit outside their tents in a makeshift site for displaced people in Kongoussi, Burkina Faso, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Jihadist violence has dramatically escalated in Burkina Faso in recent years. The country's military has struggled to contain the violence. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
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