Burkina Faso (i/bərˈkiːnəˌfɑːsoʊ/bər-KEE-nəFAH-soh; French:[buʁkina faso]) is a landlocked country in West Africa around 274,200 square kilometres (105,900sqmi) in size. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest. Its capital is Ouagadougou. As of 2014, its population was estimated at just over 17.3million.
Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, the country was renamed "Burkina Faso" on 4August 1984 by then-President Thomas Sankara. Residents of Burkina Faso are known as Burkinabé (/bərˈkiːnəbeɪ/bər-KEE-nə-bay). French is an official language of government and business.
Before the conquest of what is now Burkina Faso by the French and other colonial powers during the late 19thcentury the country was ruled by various ethnic groups including the Mossi kingdoms. After gaining independence from France in 1960, the country underwent many governmental changes. Blaise Compaoré was the most recent president and ruled the country from 1987 until he was ousted from power by the popular youth upheaval of 31October 2014. This resulted in a semi-presidential republic which lasted from October2014 to September2015. On 17September 2015 the provisional government was in turn toppled by an apparent military coup d'état carried out by the Regiment of Presidential Security. On 24September 2015, after pressure from the African Union, ECOWAS, and the armed forces, the military junta agreed to step down, and Michel Kafando was reinstated as Acting President.
Between mid-2017 and mid-2019, the central Sahel countries of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger witnessed a six-fold increase in school closures due to attacks and insecurity ... "I come from a village in the north of Burkina Faso ... I came to Ouahigouya last year to save my life ... ButI have faith in the future and I hope to succeed in life to help my family.".
Burkina Faso’s Prime MinisterChristopheJoseph... Burkina Faso Prime Minister’s PressService/Handout Reuters]Burkina Faso’s military is seen as ill-equipped and undertrained to face increasing security threats, with experts warning of the implications in terms of people’s trust.
More than 3,300 people, most of them children, fled their homes in Burkina Faso's volatile north following the country's worst massacre in years, the United Nations has said ... The Burkina Faso armed forces have been battling militants in the Sahel region (File pic).
More than 3,300 people, most of them children, fled their homes in Burkina Faso's volatile north following the country's worst massacre in years, the United Nations said Tuesday ... regions of Burkina Faso increasingly hamper the delivery of aid and protection for those in need."
OUAGADOUGOU — Suspected extremists massacred at least 160 civilians, including around 20 children, in a village in Burkina Faso's volatile north, the deadliest attack since violence erupted in the West African country in 2015, local officials said Sunday ... Since 2015, Burkina Faso ...
Mercy Corps is present in Burkina Faso since 2019 ... · BYC Technical Advisor (based in Niger), BYC Burkina Faso field teams, MEL staff, consortium partners, local government, USAID and other stakeholders, Mercy Corps Burkina Faso country coordinator and finance, operations, administration and human resources staff.
When 20-year-old Pathe Ouedraogo left his Burkina Faso village in 1969 in search of a better life in neighbouring Ivory Coast, his dream was to return with a bicycle and a transistor radio to prove he had made it ... . View this post on Instagram. ... “It was a meeting that changed my life,” Pathe’O told Reuters ... Twitter ... Tags ... .
Under the PPA, Genser will use LNG as its main fuel, augmented with a staged solar plant. Bomboré will be the first mine in Burkina Faso to use LNG to power its operations ... Bomboré will be the first mine in Burkina Faso to use LNG to power its operations ... in Burkina Faso.
“It’s a privilege for me to be a recipient of this award; it actually shows me that my work in diversity was not plain, but it impacted the college life of my fellow international students,” said Kanssole, who is from Burkina Faso, in West...
One such task was saving from extinction the Saharel elephants that roam parts of Mali and neighbouring Burkina Faso, a mission that, ultimately, cost him his life ... patrol in Arli National Park, Burkina Faso, accompanied by the two Spanish reporters and Burkina Faso troops.
Ireland's government confirmed on Wednesday that an Irish citizen, wildlife NGO founder RoryYoung, was killed by unidentified gunmen along with two Spanish journalists in an ambush in Burkina Faso this week ... and expatriates, according to Burkina Faso's government.
DAKAR (Reuters) - Ireland's government confirmed on Wednesday that an Irish citizen, wildlife NGO founder RoryYoung, was killed by unidentified gunmen along with two Spanish journalists in an ambush in Burkina Faso this week ... according to Burkina Faso's government.