En français ci-dessous ----------------- The illegal logging of teak wood from the classified and sacred Forest of Bayottes was put under the spotlight following the massacre from January 6th, 2018. Twenty lumberjacks were ambushed and shot in a remote corner of the forest. The massacre cost the lives of fourteen (14) lumberjacks. The teak wood comes from the tropical tree of the same name. It is a precious wood used for the manufacture of garden furniture and boat decks. There was confusion in the media and that is why some articles mention the classified forest of Bourofaye, but it is well in the forest of the Bayottes that the massacre took place, located in the commune of Nyassia, about twenty kilometers southwest of Ziguinchor, the capital of Casamance. Several villages are located in the forest of Bayottes, including Boffa Bayotte, Bouhouyoum, Toubacouta, Katoure, Badem, Baguame. These villages being witnesses of the disappearance of the oldest trees of the forest were made aware of deforestation issues through the forums organized by the most concerned villagers and with the help of Caritas. Thus the villagers organized themselves and created vigilance committees to protect what remains of the forest from the woodcutters who are still coming from Ziguinchor, other parts of Senegal or neighboring countries and continue their activities with impunity. The altercations between wood cutters and villagers have been happening several times. At the end of October 2017, members of the inter-villages monitoring committee found a recidivist wood cutter, which they presented to the authorities. Yet the latter did not take any further action. It was the wood cutter who lodged a complaint against the villagers and it was the members of the committee who were sentenced by the court. Imprisoned for more than a month, they were finally released at the end of December 2017. Since then the tension has remained strong among wood cutters and villagers, under the virtual inertia of the local authorities, particularly the governor and the Water and Forest Service. The authorities and some media initially blamed the January 2018 killings on the southern faction of the Mouvement des forces démocratiques de Casamance (MFDC), the rebel group that fought for Casamance’s independence for decades. Some sources have suspected the head of the MFDC's southern front given his frustration with peace talks with Senegalese political authorities. Yet the situation seems more complicated than that. The traffic of teak timber from the forest of Bayottes supplies both Ziguinchor sawmills and international trade. According to the separatists, who have also expressed themselves in the media, the investigations of the Senegalese authorities should focus on the clandestine networks of teak wood which enjoy the direct complicity of the police and local and regional authorities. For them, the massacre is the result of rival gangs of wood cutters linked to sawmills. Following these events, the army legitimized the reinforcement of its presence in the classified forest with the announced aims of neutralizing the rebels and fighting the trafficking of wood and Indian hemp. The army sent 150 paratroopers on site to search the area and in collaboration with the gendarmerie. A few days later, twenty young people from the village of Toubacouta, including four villagers who had been imprisoned at the end of 2017, were arrested but quickly released for lack of evidence for prosecution.