Burkina Faso’s Terror Threat

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(ITW ) « They took our village leader… They stole our livestock… When we saw what happened we ran away…»

In the north of Burkina Faso, which is terrorised by jihadist groups, the city of Dori has become the last refuge for thousands of families.

A stream of people, uprooted from their homes, relies entirely on humanitarian aid.

(ITW) « The Pissila distribution site alone serves an average of 5000 beneficiaries a day… »

Our reporters crisscrossed a country that seems on the edge of catastrophe, where ethnic conflict is compounded by the threat of religious fundamentalism.

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In This Story: Burkina Faso

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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