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Burkina Faso

A landlocked country in West Africa surrounded by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Côte d'Ivoire. Physical. Burkina Faso lies on a plateau, rising highest in the ...

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... Faso This flag was adopted in 1984, when Upper Volta was renamed Burkina Faso. The flag uses Pan-African colours to celebrate the break from its colonial past and to champion unity among African nations. The central yellow star represents the nation's revolutionary...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Place Names (5 ed.)

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...Burkina Faso , ( Upper Volta ) Burkina Faso since 1984 . Its three principal rivers, the Black Volta, the White Volta, and the Red Volta gave the country its previous name. This was changed in 1984 to Burkina Faso meaning ‘Land of Honest Men’ from the Mandekan burkina ‘honest’ or ‘upright’ and faso ‘fatherland’ from fa ‘father’ and so ‘village’. Before independence in 1960 , Upper Volta (Haute Volta) had become an Overseas Territory of the French Union in 1947 , having been a French colony in 1919–32 . Between 1932 and 1947 it did not exist...

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World Encyclopedia

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... Faso The Democratic People's Republic of Burkina Faso is a landlocked country, a little larger than the United Kingdom, in W Africa. Burkina Faso consists of a plateau, between about 300 and 700m [650–2,300ft] above sea level. The plateau is cut by several rivers. Most of the rivers flow S into Ghana or E into the River Niger. During droughts some of the rivers stop flowing, becoming marshes. The N part of the country is covered by savanna, consisting of grassland with stunted trees and shrubs. It is part of a region called the Sahel, where the land...

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Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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... Peuples voltaïques et conquête coloniale, 1885–1914: Burkina Faso . Paris: L'Harmattan, 1993. Şaul, Mahir , and Patrick Royer . West African Challenge to Empire: Culture and History in the Volta-Bani Anti-Colonial War . Athens: Ohio University Press, 2001. Schwartz, Alfred . “Brève histoire de la culture du cotton.” Découvertes du Burkina: Annales des conferences , edited by Association Découvertes du Burkina , vol. 1, pp. 207–233. Paris and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Association Découvertes du Burkina, 1993. Batamaka Somé and Mahir...

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A Guide to Countries of the World (4 ed.)

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...replaced by Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré, an experienced economist and former minister. In 2018, Burkina Faso switched its diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China, one factor being the potential for Chinese support to the G5 Sahel force, formed to combat Islamic extremism in the Sahel region by Burkina Faso and four other neighbouring countries. See also Country data table http://www.sig.bf/ Information Service of the Government of Burkina Faso official site (in French) http://www.lobservateur.bf/ L’Observateur Paalaga newspaper online site (in...

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A Dictionary of Contemporary World History (5 ed.)

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...accused him of corruption, political violence, and electoral fraud. One of the world's poorest countries with an annual Gross Domestic Product per head of around $1,700, in 2000 , Burkina Faso was granted debt relief of US$400 million by the IMF and the International Development Agency. In 2002 it qualified for the HIPC Initiative. Compaoré’s hold over Burkina Faso began to slip after the 2010 election. In 2011 there were street protests against police brutality and the cost of living, followed by soldiers protesting over the lack of pay, and...

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The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World (2 ed.)

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...Social-Political Conflict and Militarization in Burkina Faso, 1983–, in Peter Meyns and Dan W. Nabudere , eds., Democracy and the One-Party State in Africa (Hamburg, 1989), pp.57–77. Joan Baxter and Keith Somerville , Burkina Faso, in Bogdan Szajkowski , ed., Benin, the Congo, Burkina Faso (London, 1989), pp.237–286. Pierre Englebert , Burkina Faso: Unsteady Statehood in West Africa (Boulder, Colo., 1996). R. von Meijenfeld , C. Santiso , and R. Otayek , eds., La Democratie au Burkina Faso (Stockholm, 1998). Guy...

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A Dictionary of World History (3 ed.)

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...by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Côte d’Ivoire. Physical Burkina Faso lies on a plateau, rising highest in the west and cut in the centre by the north–south route of the Volta River. The soils are mostly coarse and sandy, based on hard rock; the climate is hot and arid, and the natural vegetation except in the river valleys is thornscrub and thin savannah. Economy Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world, heavily dependent on western aid. The economy is mainly agricultural and vulnerable to drought, with most of the population...

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Encyclopedia of Africa

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2010
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...the 1980s. In 1998 Burkina Faso hosted the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament, Africa’s biggest sporting event. Even though the home team lost in the quarterfinals, positive international media coverage of the games’ host suggested that the Burkinabè had, at the least, scored a public relations victory. See also Christianity: Missionaries in Africa ; Cinema , African ; Colonial rule ; Minerals and Mining in Africa ; Pastoralism; Scramble for Africa . Burkina Faso Burkina Faso (At a Glance) Official Name: Burkina Faso Former Name: Upper...

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

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Encyclopedia of Africa

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...Burkina Faso Capital and largest city of Burkina Faso. The Mossi people founded Ouagadougou in the early fourteenth century, at a time when Mossi warriors were expanding their control over the savanna region south of the Niger River . Located on a plateau irrigated by tributaries of the White Volta River, the site was suitable for agriculture. It would become an important market for caravans moving between the forests and the Sahara . According to Mossi oral history, the settlement was originally called Woge Zabra Soba Koumbemb’ tenga , or...

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A Dictionary of Film Studies (2 ed.)

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... Faso, film in Under French colonial rule a number of educational documentaries were made in the West African state of Upper Volta, focusing on literacy, health, and civic instruction. After independence in 1960 state-commissioned films such as Espoir d’une nation/The Hope of a Nation ( 1961 ), which celebrated independence, were used to unite Burkina Faso’s heterogeneous population. The first Festival Panafricaine des Cineastes (FESPACO) was held in Ouagadougou in 1969 , and Burkina Faso’s exhibition sector was nationalized in 1970 , with a 10 per...

Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

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Encyclopedia of Africa

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...Burkina Faso Second largest city in Burkino Faso. The city of Bobo-Dioulasso is located in one of the greener areas of Burkina Faso , and has long benefited from the fertility of the surrounding countryside. According to the legends of the Bobo people, their ancestors migrated from present-day Mali sometime between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries c.e . and became the first inhabitants of what Bobo folk songs call “the plateau of abundance” in the southern Volta region. Over the following centuries, long-distance traders settled among...

Burkina Faso–Mali Frontier Dispute Case

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Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (3 ed.)

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... Faso–Mali Frontier Dispute Case 1986 I.C.J. Rep. 554 . By joint letter of 14 October 1983 , the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Mali and the Republic of Upper Volta submitted to the Registrar of the I.C.J. a Special Agreement of 16 September 1983 by which Mali and Upper Volta (which changed its name to Burkina Faso from 4 August 1984 ) agreed to submit to a Chamber of the Court a dispute relating to the delimitation of part of their common frontier. In its decision of 22 December 1986 , the Chamber laid down in detail the precise...

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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: Italian-English (4 ed.)

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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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Pocket Oxford Spanish Dictionary: English-Spanish (4 ed.)

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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