Burkina Faso

The defense chiefs from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries excluding Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea and Niger, gather for their extraordinary meeting in Accra, Ghana, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, to discuss the situation in Nig

3 coup-hit West African nations exit ECOWAS citing sanctions, no support against terrorism 

Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso have all experienced military coups in the past few years. They say the regional trade organization is not helping them fight terrorism but rather imposing severe sanctions on them. Ridwan Karim Dini-Osman reports from Ghana on the implications of their withdrawals.

Supporters of Capt. Ibrahim Traore parade waving a Russian flag in the streets of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Oct. 2, 2022. 

When putsch comes to shove: Part I

Critical State
Mutinous soldiers guard the entrance of the national television station in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso president, apparently detained, calls for unity

People wearing masks behind a barricade hold their hands and fists up in the air

Keiko Fujimori leads in tight presidential runoff in Peru

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Lieutenant Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida meets with opposition leaders in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, on November 2, 2014.

Burkina Faso’s new military leader is familiar to the Pentagon

The former president of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara

Burkina Faso’s protests broke 27 years of fear and silence

Global Politics

Marco Werman, host of PRI’s The World, started his journalism career in Ouagadougou in 1987 just weeks before a bloody coup. The man who took power, Blaise Compaoré, ruled for 27 years before protests forced him out of office last week. Marco remembers the fear and silence that gripped the country then too.

Protesters chant slogans at Place de la Nation in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, on October 28, 2014. Police fired tear gas at rock-throwing protesters after tens of thousands of people marched through the city on Tuesday morning.

People in Burkina Faso are taking to the streets to protest their ‘president for life’

Global Politics

President Blaise Compoaré has ruled Burkina Faso for 27 years thanks to a series of constitutional changes that let him skirt term limits. Now he wants to do it again and set himself up for another 15 years in office, but huge protests are calling for him to finally step down.

Report: U.S. has established extensive covert surveillance operation in sub-Saharan Africa

A new report from the Washington Post revealed this week that the U.S. military has opened a new front, a surveillance front, in Africa against al-Qaeda. Small planes are being used extensive to gather intelligence on Qaeda operations all around Africa’s embattled states.

Children treated like slaves to produce supposedly ‘fair-trade’ cotton for Victoria’s Secret

Many of the products sold at Victoria’s Secret are said to contain ‘fair-trade’ cotton. But a new report from Bloomberg News found that that cotton is often planted and picked by children 13 and younger, who are forced to work like slaves.

Growing trees to fight climate change in Burkina Faso


The Sahel region of West Africa is being hit hard by climate change, but a small, green secret is helping farmers fight the warming trend: trees.