Canadian-based Semafo has started flying out its workers from the Boungou gold mine in Burkina Faso after the horrific terrorist attack that left 30 people dead and 60 people injured.
According to Benoit Desormeaux, president and CEO at Semafo, the remaining 241 workers needed to be home with their families to recover. The company closed the mine indefinitely or until the security situation has improved.
Desormeaux says that Semafo’s priority continues to be the safety, security and well-being of its workers. Notwithstanding the impact on people, the unprecedent scale and nature of the attack has made basic administration and logistics very difficult. It will take some time to evaluate the new operating environment and to assess how we will be able to operate in a safe and secure manner in Burkina Faso. Until such time the Boungou Mine operations will continue to be suspended,” says Desormeaux.