News of the Day: October 14, 2019

by N’Kaela Webster

Burkina Faso Mosque Attack: Death Toll Rises to 16

by Morocco World News

Lede: Gunmen attacked worshippers at the Grand Mosque in the northern village of Salmossi in Burkina Faso on Friday, October 11.

Nut Graf: The BBC said that many locals fled to the Malian border after the attack. Quoting the UN, the news outlet added that more than 250,000 people in Burkina Faso have been forced to flee their homes over the past three months.

The deadly attack against worshippers comes a few weeks after an ISIS attack against soldiers in August in the north eastern village of Koudougou. The attack killed 24 soldiers.

Why is this Newsworthy?: This is newsworthy because this is not the first time that Burkina Faso has been targeted by terrorists. Although this is not in Morocco, the king has previously reached out to Burkina Faso government provided his support for people fleeing terrorism. This is also important because it seems to be a different response with sub Saharan Africans versus the West Africans in Burkina Faso.

MINURSO calls for the creation of joint military mechanism between Morocco and Polisario

by Yabiladi

Lede: In a new report on the situation in Western Sahara, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed that a solution to the conflict is «possible». Despite his optimism, he still referred to «the lack of trust on all sides»

Nut Graf: The report, consulted by Yabiladi, features an «unprecedented» proposal. Indeed, MINURSO has called for the creation of a joint military mechanism between the two parties, which would be meeting once a month and monitoring incursions observed on both sides. According to the same report, both parties welcomed the initiative but without agreeing on the characteristics of it.

Why is this Newsworthy?: This is newsworthy because there seems to be a huge conflict between the Western Sahara and the rest of Morocco. The Secretary General seems to have a solution to this problem to cease conflict.

Lede: Morocco has reshuffled its government, cutting the number of ministers and junior ministers from 41 to 24.

Nut Graf: The government restructuring comes after King Mohammed VI said he wanted “new blood” in the Cabinet with “officials who are capable of raising performance levels.”

Why is this Newsworthy?: This is newsworthy because the King indirectly states that he knows something is wrong with the current government system and is trying to make a change. As a result to this change there are now “Four women are represented in the new government, compared to one previously.”