Burkina Faso



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Capital: Ouagadougou

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Roch Marc Christian Kaboré


  • 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)

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


  • French (official)
  • Jula
  • Fulfulde
  • Moore



  • Tue - May 11, 2021: Providing Healthcare in a Region Ravaged By Violence - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [MSF] Burkina Faso's North region hosts more than 100,000 internally displaced people who have fled recurring violence in this part of the country.
  • Mon - May 10, 2021: Thousands Flee As Series of Attacks Leaves at Least 45 Dead - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [VOA] Geneva -- A series of attacks by unidentified armed groups in Burkina Faso over the past 10 days has left 45 people dead and forced 17,500 people to flee their homes, the U.N. refugee agency says.
  • Sun - May 2, 2021: Now There's a Chance of Justice for Thomas Sankara, It's Useful to Review What Got Him Killed - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [The Conversation Africa] Earlier this month a court in Burkina Faso's capital indicted former President Blaise Compaoré for his role in the murder of his comrade, Thomas Sankara, on 15 October 1987.
  • Sat - May 1, 2021: Journalists Killed in Burkina Faso Amid Ongoing Insecurity - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [VOA] Bamako, Mali -- The killings this week in Burkina Faso of two Spanish journalists, along with an Irish conservationist, has underscored the risks journalists face in Africa's Sahel region. Press freedom supporters say threats to reporters have been growing in the Sahel, along with Islamist insurgencies in the region.
  • Sat - May 1, 2021: Burkina Faso - European Countries Vow to Fight Extremism - AllAfrica News: Burkina Faso
    [DW] Germany, France, Italy and Spain say they will continue to fight terrorism in Africa's troubled Sahel region following the jihadi killing of three Europeans in Burkina Faso.