The Bodies Of The Murdered Journalists David Beriain And Roberto Fraile Will Be Repatriated On a Defense Flight

The bodies of the two Spanish journalists killed in Burkina Faso will be repatriated to Spain on a flight from the Ministry of Defense that will depart “as soon as it receives authorization from the local authorities”, as reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this Wednesday.

According to the department headed by Arancha González Laya, the bodies of David Beriáin and Roberto Fraile arrived in Ouagadougou last night to begin the repatriation process that Foreign Affairs trusts “to conclude as soon as possible.”

On the same flight, Defense also plans to transfer to Spain the body of the Irish citizen murdered together with the Spaniards, the environmental activist Rory Young, co-founder of the NGO “Chengeta Wildlife”, dedicated to combating poaching.


Young served as a guide for Spanish journalists in the production of a documentary on poaching in African natural parks.

The Spanish consul in Mali, who lives in Bamako and is also responsible for Burkina Faso, traveled to Ouagadougou early this Wednesday to begin repatriation procedures for the two murdered journalists.

The families of both journalists, David Beriáin and Roberto Fraile, “remain promptly informed” of the steps that are being carried out both from the embassy and from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense.

The attack occurred on Monday in the Pama area, where armed individuals ambushed a patrol of Burkina Faso troops against poaching, in which the two Spanish journalists and an Irish citizen were embedded. A Burkina Faso military source informed EFE that the journalists had been kidnapped.

Beriain (Artajona, Navarra, 1977) was director of the 93 meters production company. Throughout his career he directed great documentaries such as ‘The Lost Army of the CIA’, ‘La Vida en Llamas’, ‘Amazonas Clandestino’, ‘Yasuní’, ‘Genocidio en la Selva’, and ‘Clandestino’, a series that aired on the Discovery channel.

Fraile (Barakaldo, Vizcaya, 1974) had been working as a television camera for more than 25 years, covering armed conflicts and filming documentaries, including the celebrated ‘Los ojos de la Guerra’ (2011). In 2012 he was wounded by shrapnel from a shell in Aleppo, while covering the civil war in Syria.



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