Burkina Faso

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Source-This post on Burkina Faso is based on the article “170 People “Executed’ In Attacks On 3 Villages In Burkina Faso: Report” on 3rd March 2024.

Why in the News?

As per a report, 170 people were executed in an attack on 3 villages namely Komsilga, Nodin and Soroe in Yatenga province in Burkina Faso.

About Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso
Source- BBC
Niger river and Burkina Faso
Source- Wikipedia
Location1. Burkina Faso lies between the Sahara desert to the north and the Gulf of Guinea to the south.
2. It is situated south of the loop of the Niger River.
Neighbours1. Burkina Faso shares borders with six neighbouring countries: Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Togo. 
2. It has no coastline or maritime claims.
CapitalOuagadougou
Terrain1. Most of central Burkina Faso is a savanna plateau.
2. The plateau features fields, brush, and scattered trees.
3. The highest peak in Burkina Faso is Ténakourou.
Language1. Burkina Faso is a multilingual country.
2. It boasts a rich linguistic tapestry with approximately 70 languages spoken, of which about 66 are indigenous.
ReligionMajority of the people in Burkina faso follow Islam.
International Affiliation1. Burkina Faso enjoys good relations with the European Union.
2. Burkina Faso is a member of the ICC and has a bilateral immunity agreement with the United States military, as covered under Article 98.
Distant features1. Burkina Faso is home to several game preserves, including Arly, Nazinga, and W National Park.
2. These preserves harbor diverse wildlife, including lions, elephants, hippopotamuses, monkeys, common warthogs, and antelopes.
3. The endangered painted hunting dog (Lycaon pictus) was once found in Burkina Faso but is now considered extirpated.

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