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Monday, July 18, 2011


Welcome country #186:


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Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. Burkina Faso's high population density and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens. Recent unrest in Cote d'Ivoire and northern Ghana has hindered the ability of several hundred thousand seasonal Burkinabe farm workers to find employment in neighboring countries. In January 2008, Burkina Faso assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2008-09 term.

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I bet half of you thought this country was in Europe?  Especially as it was once known as Upper Volta.  Not only is Burkina Faso in the United Nations with a population of 16,000, it is currently on the Security Council.  In case you were planning to visit as an exotic adventure...DON'T!


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