Burkina Faso Gold Mine Explosion Kills 63

    Photo: Reuters [via CBS]

    The Facts

    • At least 63 have died after an explosion in a gold mine in Burkina Faso.

    • A further 100 were injured in the village of Gbomblora.


    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Authorities and local hospital sites have worked hard to secure and evacuate the explosion site and treat victims. Despite a ban on illegal gold mining these, kinds of informal operations continue to attract investors. One person has been detained.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    ISIS-affiliated groups are preying on underdevelopment across Africa, including Burkina Faso, catalyzing conflicts and crises like this. The nations of Sub-Saharan Africa must rise up together to fight instability, extremism, and poverty. Foreign powers and unscrupulous gold buyers are of no help and only make matters worse.


    Establishment split

    CRITICAL

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