Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Peace Corps Evacuation – September 5, 2017

United States Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Peace Corps Evacuation

September 5, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the Peace Corps, acting with an abundance of caution, and considering the unique circumstances of Peace Corps service, recently evacuated their volunteers from Burkina due to security concerns.  The Peace Corps will continue to assess the situation and looks forward to a time when volunteers can return.  The U.S. Embassy will continue to provide additional information on security concerns as available.

As noted in our recent security and emergency messages, U.S. citizens should continue to:

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Burkina Faso Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, in Ouaga 2000, Sector 15, on Avenue Sembene Ousmane, southeast of the Monument aux Héros Nationaux,  at (+226) 25-49-53-00, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday.  If you are a U.S. citizen in an emergency situation after normal Embassy operating hours, please contact the Embassy, dial “1,” and ask to be connected to the duty officer.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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