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    Leaders of the so-called G5 West African Sahel nations are meeting in Chad to discuss the region’s security situation. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maass will also participate via videolink. Sahel countries are vulnerable to terrorist attacks and there are widespread allegations of corruption and negligence against governments. The so-called G5 countries of the Sahel include Chad as well as Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso. Germany and the EU have invested billions in development and military aid. But much of the region remains unstable.

    That’s led to a sense of frustration at the ongoing mission – due to its high costs and low returns.

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    Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa that covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometres (105,900 sq mi) and is bordered by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Ivory Coast.

    The July 2019 population estimate by the United Nations was 20,321,378. Previously called Republic of Upper Volta (1958–1984), it was renamed “Burkina Faso” on 4 August 1984 by President Thomas Sankara. Its citizens are known as Burkinabé, and its capital is Ouagadougou.

    Due to French colonialism, the country’s official language of government and business is French, but this language is spoken by approximately only 10-15% of the population. There are 59 native languages spoken in Burkina, with the most common language, Moore, spoken by roughly 50% of Burkinabé.

    The Republic of Upper Volta was established on 11 December 1958 as a self-governing colony within the French Community and on 5 August 1960 it gained full independence.

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