Burkina Faso

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INFORMATION

Capital: Ouagadougou

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Roch Marc Christian Kaboré

Economy:

  • Landlocked country that relies heavily on cotton and gold exports for revenue.
  • About 90% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture.
  • Cotton is the main cash crop.
  • By 2010, gold had become the main source of export revenue.

Population: 20,835,401 (2020)

Land Size: 274,200 sq km (105,900 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Mossi: 52%
  • Other: 48% (includes Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, and Fulani)
Religions:

  • Muslim: 61.5%
  • Catholic: 23.3%
  • Animist: 7.8%
  • Protestant: 6.5%
  • Other: 0.2%
  • None: 0.7%

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Jula
  • Fulfulde
  • Moore

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Dec 3, 2021: Burkina Faso Facing 'Multitude of Challenges' - Human Rights Chief Bachelet - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [New Dawn] Concluding a four-day to visit Burkina Faso, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday that the country faces "a multitude of challenges with severe impacts on a wide range of human rights of its people".
  • Fri - Dec 3, 2021: UN Human Rights Chief Makes First Visit to Burkina Faso - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [VOA] Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso -- The United Nations' human rights chief has called for increased efforts to protect the vulnerable in Burkina Faso's growing conflict with Islamist militants. Rights groups say Burkina Faso has struggled to uphold human rights during its long-running conflict with armed groups linked to Islamic State and al-Qaida.
  • Fri - Dec 3, 2021: Govt Caught Between Terror and Protests for Change - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [DW] President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has vowed to improve the fight against terrorism following protests in Burkina Faso. However, many people feel that these are empty words and have been calling for his resignation.
  • Thu - Dec 2, 2021: Sahel - Top UN Rights Official Visits Burkina Faso, Niger - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [HRW] Bamako -- Governments Should Protect Civilians, Investigate Abuses
  • Thu - Dec 2, 2021: Burkina Faso Facing 'Multitude of Challenges' - Human Rights Chief Bachelet - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [UN News] Concluding a four-day to visit Burkina Faso, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday that the country faces "a multitude of challenges with severe impacts on a wide range of human rights of its people".