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: 20,107,509 (2017)

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

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Mossi: > 40%
  • Other: ~ 60% (includes Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Mande, and Fulani)
Religions:

  • Muslim: 60%
  • Catholic: 19%
  • Animist: 15.3%
  • Protestant: 4.2%
  • Other: 0.6%
  • None: 0.4%

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Jula
  • Fulfulde
  • Moore

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Feb 8, 2019: Burkina Faso Plagued by Terror Attacks, Rights Allegations - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [VOA] The Burkina Faso government claims to have killed 146 jihadists in the country's north this week, but Human Rights Watch says it believes some of the dead are civilians. The military is also implicated in dozens of extrajudicial killings in the same region.
  • Thu - Feb 7, 2019: Mamadou Traore Stun Burkina Faso - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [CAF] Mali playmaker Mamadou Traore scored a stunning volley five minutes into the second half to give his side their first victory Group B of the Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Maradi.
  • Wed - Feb 6, 2019: 200 Burkinabe Seek Refuge in Ghana - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Ghanaian Times] About 200 Burkinabes from Zoaga-Zabre in the Northern Province of Burkina Faso fleeing chieftaincy conflict at the weekend crossed the border to seek refuge in Ghana.
  • Mon - Feb 4, 2019: CAF Confederation Cup - Rangers Defeat Burkina Faso's Salitas - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [Premium Times] Nigeria's flagbearers, Rangers, began the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup campaign on a good note.
  • Tue - Jan 22, 2019: President Chooses New Prime Minister - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [allAfrica] Cape Town -President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has appointed Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré as Prime Minister.