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Burkina Faso

Bur·ki·na Fa·so

 (bər-kē′nə fä′sō) Formerly Up·per Vol·ta (ŭp′ər vŏl′tə, vōl′-, vôl′-)
A landlocked country of western Africa. It was a French protectorate from 1896 until 1960, when it gained its independence. The name of the country was officially changed in 1984. Ouagadougou is the capital and the largest city.

Burkina Faso

(bɜːˈkiːnəˈfæsəʊ) or


(Placename) an inland republic in W Africa: dominated by Mossi kingdoms (10th–19th centuries); French protectorate established in 1896; became an independent republic in 1960; consists mainly of a flat savanna plateau. Official language: French; Mossi and other African languages also widely spoken. Religion: mostly animist, with a large Muslim minority. Currency: franc. Capital: Ouagadougou. Pop: 17 812 961 (2013 est). Area: 273 200 sq km (105 900 sq miles). Former name (until 1984): Upper Volta

Bur•ki•na Fa•so

(bərˈki nə ˈfɑ soʊ)
a republic in W Africa: formerly part of French West Africa. 11,575,898; 106,111 sq. mi. (274,827 sq. km). Cap.: Ouagadougou. Formerly, Upper Volta.
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Fils de Maurice Yameogo, le premier president de la Haute-Volta (aujourd'hui Burkina Faso), Me Yameogo souffre de problemes oculaires, selon des membres de sa famille.
Apres son independance en I960, l'ancienne colonie francaise qui etait alors la Haute-Volta connait une longue periode de troubles politiques et de coups d'Etat militaires a repetition qui plongent le pays dans la misere et un desordre chronique.
In a popular stroke of political genius, Sankara erased the memory of colonialism by changing the name of his country from Haute-Volta (Upper Volta) to Burkina Faso: "the land of people of integrity" in More and Djula, the two major languages, giving meaning to their shared geographical space and unifying the people around one concept, a sea change where very few countries' names mean anything to the people.