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Burkina Faso means “and of honest and upright
people.” The population in 2005 was about 12 million.
(Econ, 9/17/05, p.77)
This landlocked, West African nation, on the edge of the Sahara
Desert was formerly called Upper Volta. The capital is Ouagadougou.
In 2000 the country had the world’s lowest literacy rate at 7%.
(WSJ, 3/27/96, p.A-16)(SFC, 12/15/98, p.C3)(SFEC,
7/23/00, Z1 p.2)
1710-1895 Muslim rulers led
the Kong Empire, also known as the Wattara or Outtara Empire, which
spread across West Africa. It embraced a diversity of religious
groups straddling what later became Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.
(Econ, 4/23/11, p.51)
1959 Mar, Upper Volta (Burkina
Faso) became autonomous within the French community.
(EWH, 1st ed., p.1170)
1960 Aug 5, Upper Volta,
formerly part of French West Africa, became independent under
Maurice Yameogo. In 1984 it was renamed Burkina Faso.
(WUD, 1994, p.139)(PC, 1992, p.973)(EWH, 4th ed.,
1965 Oct 3, Maurice Yameogo was
elected to a 2nd term in Upper Volta (Burkina Faso).
(EWH, 1st ed., p.1170)
1965 Bishop Paul Zoungrana of
Upper Volta was made Cardinal by Pope Paul VI.
(SFC, 6/6/00, p.A21)
1966 Jan 3, Upper Volta Pres.
Maurice Yameogo was forced to resign by a group of officers. Col.
Sangoule Lamizana became premier.
(EWH, 1st ed., p.1170)
1968-1973 A severe famine hit the Sahel region of
North Africa. Mauritania, Mali, Upper Volta (Burkina Faso) and Niger
were most affected.
(Econ, 8/20/05, p.57)
1969 The 1st Fespaco, a
pan-African festival of cinema and television, opened in Upper Volta
(Econ, 2/19/05, p.82)
1975 May 25, ECOWAS Treaty1 was
signed. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was
formed in Nigeria with 15 members that included: Benin, Cape Verde,
Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali,
Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Upper Volta (later
1983 Aug 4, In Burkina Faso
Blaise Compaore played a key role in a coup that brought Thomas
Sankara (1949-1987) to power.
1984 Upper Volta under Thomas
Sankara was renamed Burkina Faso (the land of upright people).
(WUD, 1994, p.1571)(AP, 11/22/14)
1987 Oct 15, In Burkina Faso
Thomas Sankara (b.1949) was overthrown and assassinated with 12
comrades in a coup d'état led by the French-backed Blaise Compaoré
(b.1951), who had trained in Gadhafi's guerrilla camps. Libya and
Burkina Faso later denied repeated accusations of gunrunning to West
Africa hot spots.
p.A10)(AP, 12/16/02)(AFP, 10/13/17)
1996 Apr 27, A Dutch diplomat,
Arnold Eisma, his wife and two children died of dehydration after
becoming stranded in the remote Pama national park.
(SFC, 5/3/96, A-10)
1996 Dec 5, An African Summit
opened in Burkina Faso. New candidates for the position of UN
Secretary-general were to be considered.
(WSJ, 12/6/96, p.A1)
1997 The film "Kini &
Adams" was by Idrissa Ouedraogo of Burkino Faso.
(SFC, 9/10/97, p.E3)
1997 The Burkina Faso-French
film "Buud Yam" was the Grand Prize winner at the 1997 Pan-African
(SFEM, 9/28/97, p.17)
1998 Jan, In Burkina Faso David
Ouedraogo, the chauffeur for Francois Compaore, brother of Pres.
Compaore, died from torture injuries inflicted by 2 bodyguards of
Pres. Compaore. Ouedraogo was suspected of stealing $31,000 from
Francois. In 2000 the 2 bodyguards were convicted and sentenced to
20 years in prison.
(SFC, 8/21/00, p.A10)
1998 Sep 16, The UN announced
that the treaty to eliminate anti-personnel land mines will take
effect in 6 months. Burkino Faso became the 40th country to ratify
(SFC, 9/17/98, p.C4)
1998 Nov 30, Britain along with
Lesotho, Burkino Faso, the Ivory Coast and Tajikistan signed a
global treaty for an Int’l. Criminal Court to try war crimes. The
accord was approved in July at conference in Rome and 61 countries
had signed on. The court required 60 countries to pass legislation
(SFC, 12/1/98, p.A11)
1998 Dec 13, In Burkina Faso
Norbet Zongo, a prominent journalist and presidential critic, was
found dead in the wreckage of his burned car along with 2 cousins
and a chauffeur in Ouagadougou. His death prompted thousands to take
to the streets accusing Pres. Blaise Compaore’s government of
involvement. Zongo was killed with his brother and 2 others. Zongo
had inquired into the arrest and death of a driver, David Ouedraogo,
to Francois Compaore, the brother of the president and "head of
mission to the presidency." Ouedraogo was accused of stealing
$50,000. [see Jan 1998]
(SFC, 12/15/98, p.C3)(SFC, 2/19/00,
2000 Mar, Pres. Blaise Compaore
of Burkina Faso and Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo were reported to have
helped Jonas Savimbi of UNITA obtain arms and fuel in exchange for
(SFC, 4/19/00, p.A12)
2000 Jun 5, Burkina Faso
Cardinal Paul Zoungrana (82) died.
(SFC, 6/6/00, p.A21)
2000 Burkina Faso amended its
constitution to allow the president to serve two terms. Pres.
Compaore made it effective as of 2005.
(Econ, 11/27/10, p.58)
2000 In Burkina Faso Salibo
Some (43) created the Africa’s Sustainable Development Council
(ASUDEC) to help lift villagers out of poverty.
(SFC, 12/13/02, p.K8)
2000 Jul 31, US and British
diplomats accused the Pres. Charles Taylor of Liberia and Pres.
Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso of trading arms for diamonds and
aiding the rebels in Sierra Leone.
(SFC, 8/1/00, p.A8)
2001 Jan 19, Thousands of
people fled the Ivory Coast for Burkino Faso to escape attacks on
foreigners. As many as 10,000 were arriving each week and others
were fleeing to Mali, Ghana and Niger.
(SFC, 1/20/01, p.A14)
2001 Mar 31, Pres. Blaise
Compaore asked for forgiveness for abuses over his 13-year rule as
part of Burkina Faso’s 1st “National Pardon Day.”
(SSFC, 4/1/01, p.C10)
2001 Apr 26, It was reported
that a meningitis outbreak had killed at least 3,500 people in
Africa and that vaccine had been shipped to Ethiopia and Burkina
(SFC, 4/26/01, p.A14)
2001 Nov 2, It was reported
that Ibrahim Bah, a Libyan-trained former Senegalese rebel, lived in
Burkina Faso and selected diamond dealers to handle deals in Liberia
between rebels from Sierra Leone and the al Qaeda network.
(SFC, 11/2/01, p.A8)
2002 Feb, The W135 strain of
meningitis from the Middle East was identified for the 1st time in
Africa in Burkina Faso and by Sep some 12,000 people were infected
with 1,500 deaths.
(SFC, 9/20/02, p.A12)
2002 Jun 11, Burkina Faso
President Blaise Compaore tightened his grip on power, throwing out
all nine opposition ministers from his Cabinet and cutting the
number of posts from 36 to 31.
2002 French president Jacques
Chirac received three million euros ($4 million) from Ivory Coast's
Laurent Gbagbo to finance his electoral campaign. This was made
public in 2011 by Robert Bourgi, a lawyer with a network of African
contacts who advised Chirac before changing camps in 2005 to aid
French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Bourgi also named Senegal's
Abdoulaye Wade, Burkina Faso's Blaise Compaore, and
Congo-Brazzaville's Denis Sassou Nguesso and Gabon's Omar Bongo as
contributors. Bourgi later said he was mistaken concerning
(Senegal's president) Abdoulaye Wade and his son" Karim Wade.
(AFP, 9/12/11)(AP, 9/26/11)
2003 Sep 26, Burkina Faso
President Blaise Compaore demanded the elimination of U.S. export
subsidies on cotton.
2003 Oct 1, Burkina Faso
arrested 12 people in connection with an alleged coup plot.
2004 Sep 15, Eight French
speaking African countries began retiring over 1 billion in decaying
currency with new CFA francs. Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau,
Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo had until Dec 31 to turn
in old bills for new ones.
(SFC, 9/15/04, p.C8)
2004 Nov 24, Canada’s PM Paul
Martin visited Burkina Faso. Canada is investing about $20 million
in a Basic Education Plan to pump $140 million into building schools
across the country.
2005 Feb 26, Fespaco, the
biennial pan-African festival of cinema and television, opened in
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
(Econ, 2/19/05, p.82)
2005 Jun 1, Burkina Faso
President Blaise Compaore opened the 7th summit of Sahel and Sahara
countries, spurring the 21-member body to take a decisive role in
2005 In Burkina Faso the TV
sitcom “Le Nouveau Roymaume d’Abou” captivated Saturday night
audiences. It focused on a good Muslim with 2 wives and numerous
children fighting for his and each other’s attention. The literacy
rate in the country was 12.7%.
(Econ, 11/19/05, p.90)
2005 The population of Burkina
Faso was about 12 million.
(Econ, 9/17/05, p.77)
2006 Mar 22, A ferry carrying
150 passengers sank off the coast of Cameroon, and 23 people were
rescued. The rest were feared dead. The was bound for Gabon from
Nigeria with passengers from Burkina Faso, Nigeria and the Ivory
(AP, 3/23/06)(SFC, 3/24/06, p.A12)
2006 Burkina Faso sent almost a
third of its exports, mostly cotton, to China.
(Econ, 10/28/06, p.54)
2007 Feb 24, In Burkina Faso
the Fespaco film festival began. Hundreds of films made by Africans
and people of African descent competed for the Yennenga stallion, a
golden statue of a prancing horse.
(Econ, 3/3/07, p.54)
2007 Mar 4, Ivory Coast's Pres.
Laurent Gbagbo signed a peace accord with Guillaume Soro, the
country's main rebel leader, calling for a new government to hold
elections by the year's end, and for the dismantling of a vast
buffer zone separating the two sides. The latest deal is the result
of meetings between the two camps that started in early February
under the oversight of Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore.
2007 Mar 23, The United Nations
said nearly 800 people have died after a meningitis epidemic spread
from Burkina Faso to eight other western African countries since the
start of the year. Benin, Chad, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger,
Nigeria and Togo have also been affected to differing degrees.
2007 Jul 12, Burkina Faso and
Taiwan renewed a commitment to boost their diplomatic ties during a
visit to the west African nation by Taiwan's Foreign Minister James
2007 Nov 27, International
experts convened in Burkina Faso for a three day session to
discuss the prospects for biofuel production in Africa. The
conference was organized by the International Institute for Water
and Environmental Engineering and CIRAD, the French agricultural
research centre international development. Co-organizers included
the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the West
African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and the government of
2008 Jan 17, In Burkina Faso
leaders of half a dozen African countries agreed on Ivory Coast's
Philippe-Henri Tacoury-Tabley as the new head of the central bank of
the eight-nation West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).
2008 Jan 30, The United
Nation's disaster relief agency announced that a meningitis outbreak
that has claimed some 52 lives in Burkina Faso by mid-month has
spread to three other west African countries. A spike in the number
of meningitis cases has also been reported in Mali, Niger and
Nigeria since the end of 2007.
2008 Feb 21, In Burkina Faso
some 200 people were arrested following a 2-day protest against
rising living costs which ended in violent clashes.
2008 Aug 9, In Burkina Faso
heavy rains caused a mudslide at an illegal gold mine that killed at
least 31 people.
(SSFC, 8/10/08, p.A4)
2008 Oct 13, First ladies from
seven west African countries gather in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso,
for a conference on ways to end female circumcision, a widespread
practice in the region despite efforts to end it.
2008 Nov 15, In the West
African nation Burkina Faso a collision between a passenger bus and
a truck killed more than 60 people.
2009 Feb 27, The UN Children's
Fund said 53 million children are being targeted by a mass
immunization drive against polio in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory
Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Togo. Some 844 polio cases were
reported in the 8 countries in 2008, 95% of them in Nigeria.
2009 Mar 14, In Burkina Faso an
overloaded canoe capsized on a reservoir, killing at least 15 women
2009 Apr 17, In Burkina Faso a
meeting of economy and finance ministers of 14 African nations, all
using a common currency that was pegged to the French franc, started
with a French call to African nations to boost public spending.
2009 Sep 2, In Burkina Faso 5
people were killed and 150,000 left homeless as heavy rainfall
triggered flooding across West Africa.
2009 Sep 22, The UN Office for
the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs announced that flash floods
and lighting have claimed 187 lives and affected 635,273 people in
west Africa since the rainy season started in June. This included
103 dead in Sierra Leone, followed by Ghana (24), Mali (20), Ivory
Coast (19), Burkina Faso (8), Niger (7) and Senegal (6).
2009 Oct 9, Burkina Faso's
environment minister, at the opening of a special forum on climate
change, said Africa needs 65 billion dollars (44 billion euros) to
deal with the effects of global warming.
2009 Dec 13, In Burkina Faso
diplomats from the US, the African Union and the EU, met to discuss
a plan to return Guinea to civilian rule. West Africa's regional
economic body called for troops to be sent to Guinea to prevent
violence in the wake of an assassination attempt against the
military leader earlier this month and a bloody massacre in
2010 Jan 12, Guinea's wounded
junta leader, Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara, arrived in Burkina Faso
from Morocco to recuperate after last month's assassination attempt.
One of his top opponents said the surprise move could help him avoid
2010 Jan 17, In Burkina Faso
Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara, Guinea's exiled leader, appealed for
tolerance and reconciliation after he agreed to resign and remain in
exile following a tumultuous one-year rule that culminated in a
December assassination attempt.
2010 Apr 22, In Burkina Faso
Health Minister Seydou Bouda said a strain of meningitis, called X,
has killed 718 people out of 5,118 cases in the West African country
2010 Jul 9, Aid agency Oxfam
warned that the food crisis gripping the Sahel region of Africa was
reaching disastrous levels and called on governments and the
international community to act now. The crisis stretched across the
region taking in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and northern
2010 Sep 10, Ghana officials
said 17 people have died after neighboring Burkina Faso opened the
Bagre Dam's spillways that was filling amid heavy rains. Officials
in Burkina Faso announced in August they would open the spillways
and warned people.
2010 Oct 19, The UN said that
377 people had died in flooding in central and west Africa, with
nearly 1.5 million people affected since the start of the rainy
season in June. The highest toll was in Nigeria with 118, followed
by Ghana (52), Sudan (50), Benin (43), Chad (24), Mauritania (21),
Burkina Faso (16), Cameroon (13), Gambia (12), with other countries
reporting less than 10 dead.
2010 Nov 21, Burkina Faso held
presidential elections. President Blaise Compaore (59), a former
army captain, was expected to win as he faced an opposition so
divided it could not mount a unified campaign to fight him
effectively at the polls. State media suggested Compaore won at
least 80% of the peaceful vote.
(AP, 11/21/10)(Econ, 11/27/10, p.58)
2010 Nov 23, In Burkina Faso 4
of the 7 candidates in recent presidential election say they won't
recognize the poll's results, claiming the vote was rigged.
2011 Jan 18, A Luxembourg
official said the country will invest a large sum in Burkina Faso to
help alleviate poverty in the landlocked West African nation.
2011 Feb 20, In Burkina Faso
Justin Zongo died while in police custody. The student's death
sparked months of protests that left at least six dead. In August
three policemen faced charges of aggravated assault related to his
2011 Apr 15, Burkina Faso
soldiers shot into the air, stole cars and looted shops in the
western and central parts of the capital, Ouagadougou, as protests
by military guards against unpaid housing allowances spread.
2011 Apr 16, Burkina Faso
police in the capital fired tear gas on thousands of angry merchants
protesting a second night of looting by soldiers, the latest of
several recent episodes of unrest in the small West African nation.
2011 Apr 18, In Burkina Faso
students burned down the ruling party headquarters and the prime
minister’s house in Koudougou as a soldier’s mutiny spread.
(SFC, 4/19/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 19, In Burkina Faso
Gen. Nabere Honore Traore, the recently appointed army chief, said
that the new government will work to resolve the issues behind the
military unrest that has plagued the country since last week.
2011 Apr 21, Burkina Faso’s
President Blaise Compaore announced he will remain president and
named himself as defense minister, becoming a member of his
2011 Apr 30, Police in Burkina
Faso said they will end their demonstrations. Some 1,000
demonstrators rallied in the capital to demand the departure of
Pres. Blaise Compaore.
(AP, 4/30/11)(SSFC, 5/1/11, p.A6)
2011 May 6, In Togo 26 people
died after their bus crashed. The victims were mainly merchants from
Burkina Faso who were traveling to the Togolese capital for
2011 May 16, Ivory Coast's
President Alassane Ouattara told citizens of Burkina Faso that they
are welcome to return to his country, and vowed to put an end to the
xenophobia and racial targeting that characterized his predecessor's
2011 May 23, In Burkina Faso
thousands of students took to the streets of the capital burning
tires and chanting in support of teachers who are demanding better
2011 Jun 2, Burkina Faso
soldiers were looting and shooting for a 2nd at a major military
barracks in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso’s second-largest city,
2011 Jun 3, In Burkina Faso at
least seven people, including a 14-year-old girl, were killed during
a mutiny by soldiers in Bobo-Dioulasso, the country’s second-largest
2011 Jul 14, Burkina Faso's
army chief of staff, Nabere Honore Traore, said the military has
discharged 566 soldiers following a wave of mutinies that swept
across the country earlier this year.
2011 Sep 10, Leaders of Ivory
Coast and Liberia were joined by counterparts from West Africa for
talks on security along the border between their two countries after
a bloody post-poll crisis. Presidents Alassane Ouattara and Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf were joined by Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso,
Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, John Atta Mills of Ghana and Nigerian
summit host Goodluck Jonathan, under the aegis of regional bloc
2011 Nov 18, The European
Commission said an extra 10 million euros ($13.5 million) in
humanitarian funding will go on addressing "major shortfalls" in
food in the Sahel region. The crisis is affecting 7 million people
in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria.
2012 Jan 2, Burkina Faso's
president fired the country's customs chief after his detention over
the seizure of nearly three million euros ($3.8 million) in trunks
carried by a relative.
2012 Feb 6, A Burkina Faso
security official said more than 1,500 Malians, fleeing a Tuareg
rebellion in the north and reprisal attacks in Bamako, have found
refuge in Burkina Faso.
2012 Feb 15, United Nations and
EU aid chiefs called for "urgent" assistance for West Africa's
drought-hit Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania,
Niger), saying it needed $725 million (552 million euros) this year.
2012 Feb 16, The mediation and
security council of the West African regional group ECOWAS approved
humanitarian aid of three million dollars for victims of the food
crisis and rebel attacks in the Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Chad,
Mali, Mauritania, Niger).
2012 Apr 10, UN children's aid
organization UNICEF led a cross-agency appeal for funds for the
Sahel region (parts of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and
Niger) where 15 million are suffering from malnutrition.
2012 Apr 14, Burkina Faso Pres.
Blaise Compaore opened talks as mediator with the military junta
that briefly seized power in Mali last month and Malian politicians
trying to navigate a way out of the crisis.
2012 Apr 24, In northern Mali
special forces from Burkina Faso swept into rebel-held territory
aboard a helicopter and whisked Swiss hostage Beatrice Stockly to
safety in a pre-arranged handover by Islamist Ansar Dine rebels.
2012 Apr 27, The UN food agency
appealed to oil- and mineral-rich nations to set up a fund to combat
the food crisis gripping the Sahel desert region (Chad, Mali,
Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger) and other parts of Africa. The
group said it needed $110 million (83 million euros) to combat the
crisis in the short term.
2012 May 12, Ivory Coast and
Burkina Faso envoys of ECOWAS quit Mali after failing to reach
agreement with coup leaders on naming the head of a transitional
government. The ex-junta now hoped that coup leader Amadou Haya
Sanago take over as interim leader.
2012 May 22, On the border
between Burkina Faso and Mali clashes broke out between the Peul
herders and Dogon farmers. At least 30 people were killed in the
clashes over land rights.
(SFC, 5/25/12, p.A2)
2012 May 26, In Burkina Faso
several thousand people protested across the poor west African
country to denounce a steep spike in the prices of basic food items
2012 May 31, The Geneva-based
office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says it now needs
$153.7 million for its operations this year, quadrupling its aid
appeal for Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
2012 Jul 7, In Burkina Faso
West African presidents (ECOWAS) met with civil leaders from Mali in
a bid to secure a national unity government to tackle a crisis in
the north where Islamists have enforced Sharia law.
2012 Sep 3, In Burundi Aloys
Nzabampema, ex-leader of the former rebel National Liberation
Forces, claimed responsibility for a weekend attack near the capital
and announced the creation of a new FNL faction.
2012 Nov 3, In Burkina Faso
representatives of an al-Qaida-linked group that controls northern
Mali arrived for talks with President Blaise Compaore, who is trying
to mediate a solution to the conflict in the west African nation. A
second delegation traveled to Algeria for talks with regional
2012 Dec 2, Burkina Faso voters
lined up for parliamentary and municipal elections.
2012 Dec 4, Tuareg rebels of
northern Mali agreed to stop pursuing a separate state during talks
with Mali’s government in Burkina Faso.
(SFC, 12/5/12, p.A2)
2013 May 7, Soldiers from Mali
and Burkina Faso pushed into the village of Ber, 50 km (30 miles)
northeast of Timbuktu. It had previously been occupied by fighters
from a Tuareg rebel group, the National Movement for the Liberation
of the Azawad (NMLA).
2013 Jun 18, Mali, which lost
half its territory last year to rebels, signed an accord with Tuareg
separatists who still control the country's northernmost province.
The agreement was signed in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina
Faso, where the two sides have been holding talks.
2013 Jul 28, In Burkina Faso
thousands of protesters marched through the capital decrying a
perceived attempt by President Blaise Compaore to extend his hold on
power through the creation of a new Senate.
2013 Aug 2, Burkina Faso police
said that two officers were seriously wounded in the unrest on
campuses in Ouagadougou this week. The violence began after
university officials told students to vacate their dormitories at
the end of July and they refused.
2013 Sep 12, Burkina Faso's
government said it's lowering taxes for civil servants and
increasing student loans amid growing unrest over the high cost of
education and living.
2014 Jan 5, In Burkina Faso 75
officials announced their resignation from the ruling party,
ratcheting up political tension before elections scheduled for next
year. They said democracy had "disappeared" from President Blaise
Compaore's Congress for Democracy and Progress party.
2014 Jan 18, Burkina Faso's
opposition staged the country's biggest demonstration in decades to
protest against an attempt by President Blaise Compaore's party to
abolish constitutional term limits.
2014 Jan 21, France said it
will create new outposts and broaden its military presence in
Africa's turbulent Sahel region to better fight the terror threat
from extremist groups like al-Qaida. Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le
Drian said France is moving toward a regional counterterrorism
approach in former colonies like Chad, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso,
Niger and Mali.
2014 Jul 24, Air Algerie Flight
5017 carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital
disappeared from radar early today over northern Mali after heavy
rains were reported. Air navigation services lost track of the MD-83
about 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou. Half the dead were
from France. Others included at least 19 Lebanese citizens. On June
29, 2017, Spanish plane leasing company Swiftair was charged in a
French probe into the crash.
(AP, 7/24/14)(SSFC, 7/27/14, p.A4)(AFP, 6/29/17)
2014 Oct 28, Burkina Faso
police used tear gas to disperse an opposition protest in the
capital, as tensions increase ahead of a vote this week on whether
the country's longtime president can seek another term.
2014 Oct 30, In Burkina Faso
thousands of protesters marched on the presidential palace after
burning the parliament building and ransacking state television
offices, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend
his 27-year rule. At least 3 protesters were shot dead and several
others wounded by security forces when the crowd tried to storm the
home of Compaore's brother.
2014 Oct 31, Burkina Faso
President Blaise Compaore announced his resignation in a statement
and called for a 90-day transition to "free and transparent"
elections in the West African country. General Honore Traore said
that he had taken charge. Compaore fled with his family in a heavily
armed convoy to Ivory Coast amid violent protests seeking his
(Reuters, 10/31/14)(AP, 11/2/14)(Econ, 11/8/14,
2014 Nov 1, In Burkina Faso two
different military officials had declared themselves in charge
before the army confirmed that Lt. Col. Isaac Yacouba Zida was the
2014 Nov 2, In Burkina Faso
gunfire erupted outside the headquarters of state television as an
opposition politician tried to announce she was in control of the
West African country that was plunged into chaos days earlier after
the president was forced out. The army took over the national
television headquarters. At least one protester was shot dead.
(AP, 11/2/14)(AFP, 11/2/14)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.52)
2014 Nov 15, Burkina Faso’s
military reinstated the constitution, suspended when the army filled
the vacuum created by Pres. Compaore's departure.
2014 Nov 17, In Burkina Faso
career diplomat Michel Kafando was named interim president to steer
the west African nation during a one-year transition back to
civilian rule following the toppling of its veteran leader.
2014 Nov 19, Burkina Faso's
transitional government named Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida as prime
minister, four days after he restored the country's constitution
under pressure from the African Union and the West.
2014 The population of Burkina
Faso was about 17 million.
(Econ, 9/17/05, p.77)
2015 Mar 4, The government of
Burkina Faso ordered former president Thomas Sankara's corpse to be
exhumed, potentially rekindling controversy over the 1987
assassination of one of Africa's most idolized leaders.
2015 Mar 7, In Burkina Faso the
24th pan-African FESPACO wrapped up in Ouagadougou. It featured the
screening of "Captaine Thomas Sankara", a flattering 90-minute
portrait of the iconoclastic Marxist soldier by Swiss director
2015 Apr 4, In Burkina Faso a
Romanian security officer was kidnapped in Tambao at a manganese
mine where he worked.
2015 May 8, In Burkina Faso
Pierre Zerbo, the head of one of the country’s largest banks, was
arrested on suspicion of having embezzled billions CFA francs.
2015 Jul 16, Burkina Faso state
media said Blaise Compaore, the former president who ruled this West
African country for nearly three decades, has been charged with
"high treason" over his bid to change the constitution and run for a
third term. Compaore lived in neighboring Ivory Coast, though he
reportedly flew to Morocco this week for medical treatment.
2015 Jul 20, The UN's Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) said markets and farms in Nigeria,
Burkina Faso, Niger, Ivory Coast and Ghana have been hit with the
deadly H5N1 virus over the past six months.
2015 Sep 5, A small
Senegalair-operated plane from Burkina Faso carrying seven people
including a sick French woman was believed to have crashed into the
Atlantic ocean off the coast of Senegal.
2015 Sep 16, In Burkina Faso
junta leader Gilbert Diendere led a coup and arrested acting
president Michel Kafando, PM Isaac Zida, and two ministers. Diendere
said he did not want to keep power and would hand it back to
civilian rule when conditions were in place to do so.
(Reuters, 9/17/15)(AFP, 9/17/15)
2015 Sep 17, In Burkina Faso at
least one person died and scores more were injured in protests after
a coup led by a close ally of toppled strongman Blaise Compaore.
2015 Sep 18, Burkina Faso's
military released interim President Michel Kafando and PM Isaac Zida
as soldiers blocked demonstrators from gathering in the capital.
Both men were detained Sep 16 during a coup that dissolved his
(AP, 9/18/15)(SFC, 9/18/15, p.A9)
2015 Sep 18, The African Union
suspended Burkina Faso and slapped sanctions on the leaders of its
military coup as troops tried to stop protesters from marching on
the capital's Revolution Square.
2015 Sep 19, In Burkina Faso
hundreds of protesters burned tires and erected barricades in the
streets of Ouagadougou in a third day of unrest since a military
coup ousted the country's interim government.
2015 Sep 20, In Burkina Faso
pro-coup demonstrators stormed a hotel due to host talks aimed at
restoring a civilian interim government and attacked participants
arriving for the meeting.
2015 Sep 21, Burkina Faso Gen.
Gilbert Diendere, who seized power in a coup last week, apologized
to the nation and said he would hand over control to a civilian
transitional government after the military warned that its forces
would converge on the capital and forcibly disarm the soldiers
behind the power grab.
2015 Sep 23, Burkina Faso's
interim leader Michel Kafando was officially restored to power at a
ceremony attended by regional heads of state.
2015 Sep 25, The leaders of
Burkina Faso's week-long coup demanded guarantees for their safety
before they disarm.
2015 Sep 29, Burkina Faso’s
army took over the baracks of the presidential guard after they
refused to disarm following a short-lived coup. The army arrested
Djibril Bassole, a former high-ranking minister accused of
collaborating with the mutinous soldiers.
(SFC, 9/30/15, p.A5)
2015 Sep 30, In Burkina Faso
coup leader Gen. Gilbert Diendere was said to be sheltering at the
(SFC, 10/1/15, p.A2)
2015 Oct 8, Burkina Faso
authorities arrested Achille Tapsoba, the deputy of deposed leader
Blaise Compaore's party, as part of a probe into a failed bid to
overthrow the interim government.
2015 Oct 9, In Burkina Faso 3
police officers were killed after some 50 armed men attacked a
police station in Samoroguan, near the border with Mali.
2015 Nov 26, In southwest
Burkina Faso 22 people drowned after the minibus they were
travelling in veered off a road.
2015 Nov 29, Burkina Faso held
presidential and legislative elections. Preliminary results released
on Dec 1 gave Roch March Christian Kabore (58) an outright win.
(AP, 11/29/15)(AP, 12/1/15)
2015 Dec 6, Authorities in
Burkina Faso said they have charged General Gilbert Diendere, who
led a failed coup in September, with complicity in the 1987
assassination of President Thomas Sankara.
2015 Dec 21, Burkina Faso said
it has issued an international warrant for ousted leader Blaise
Compaore, who is living in exile in the Ivory Coast, for his
suspected role in the 1987 killing of his former comrade,
ex-president Thomas Sankara.
2015 Dec 27, Burkina Faso said
authorities have arrested around 20 soldiers for plotting to free
from prison a prominent general who has been charged with staging a
2015 Dec 29, In Burkina Faso
Roch Marc Christian Kabore (58) was sworn in as president,
completing a transition from the 2014 overthrow of longtime ruler
2016 Jan 7, Burkina Faso's
Pres. Faso Roch Marc Christian Kabore named economist Paul Kaba
Thieba (56) as prime minister.
2016 Jan 13, Burkina Faso's new
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore took the helm of the defense
ministry and veterans’ affairs as a new government lineup was
2016 Jan 15, In Burkina Faso al
Qaeda fighters seized the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou. 30 people,
including six Canadians and five Europeans, were killed in the
146-room hotel and a nearby Cappuccino restaurant. French and US
military personnel backed up Burkina Faso security forces launched
an operation to reclaim the hotel early the next day. Progress
through the building was slowed by explosives planted by the
militants. 4 jihadists were killed.
(Reuters, 1/16/16)(AP, 1/16/16)(AFP,
1/17/16)(SSFC, 1/17/16, p.A6)(AFP, 3/3/18)
2016 Jan 15, In Burkina Faso
Australians Jocelyn Elliott and her husband — surgeon Ken Elliott —
were kidnapped by Islamic extremists near the of Djibo, where they
have run a medical clinic for four decades. Al-Qaida's North Africa
wing claimed responsibility. On Feb 6 Jocelyn Elliott was freed in
2016 Jan 22, In Burkina Faso
former members of the presidential guard raided an armory outside
the capital. Eleven soldiers from the disbanded elite unit were soon
2016 Mar 4, At a meeting in
Chad's capital N'Djamena, defense chiefs from Chad, Niger, Burkina
Faso, Mali and Mauritania -- the so-called G5 Sahel countries --
pledged to form special units to respond quickly to threats and
attacks from Islamist militants.
2016 May 23, It was reported
that temperatures in Burkina Faso have hit as high as 111 degrees
Fahrenheit (44 degrees Celsius) in recent weeks, putting a strain on
a water system also challenged by a growing population. The short
water supply in Ouagadougou has increased the price of a barrel of
water more than 10 fold from just a few months ago.
2016 May 31, In Burkina Faso
unidentified gunmen killed 3 policemen at their station in Intagom
near the border with Mali.
2016 Nov 24, In Burkina Faso
doctors and nurses continued a 3-day strike at public health centers
throughout the West African country, leaving only medical students
to help the sick amid outbreaks of dengue fever and meningitis.
2016 Dec 16, In northern
Burkina Faso at least 12 soldiers were killed after dozens of
Islamic extremists attacked an army barracks in Nassoumbou.
2017 Jun 3, Mali's military
chief said the countries of West Africa's Sahel region are
requesting 50 million euros ($56 million) from the European Union to
help set up a multinational force to take on Islamist militant
groups. the so-called G5 Sahel countries included Chad, Niger,
Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania.
2017 Jun 21, The UN Security
Council unanimously adopted a resolution that paves the way for the
deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight
jihadists in the Sahel region. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania
and Niger had agreed in March to set up the special joint
2017 Jul 2, In Mali French
Pres. Emmanuel Macron met with leaders from five regional countries
known as the G5 (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger). He
said France will provide military support for operations as well as
70 tactical vehicles and communications, operations and protective
equipment to support a new multinational military force against
extremists in the vast Sahel region.
2017 Aug 13, In Burkina Faso
suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in
Ouagadougou late today, killing at least 18 people in the second
such attack on a restaurant popular with foreigners in the last two
years. Security forces neutralized two terrorists.
2017 Aug 17, In northern
Burkina Faso a roadside bomb killed three soldiers and wounded two.
2017 Aug 31, In western Burkina
Faso a customs officer was killed by armed men in Djibasso.
2017 Sep 3, The United States
embassy in Burkina Faso said the Peace Corps has evacuated 124
volunteers due to security concerns.
2017 Sep 27, Avocet Mining Plc
said unknown attackers in northern Burkina Faso killed two
paramilitary police officers and wounded two others in an assault on
a convoy carrying fuel to the Inata gold mine.
2017 Oct 28, The G5 Sahel force
(Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and Mauritania), backed by France
and the United States, launched its campaign to counter escalating
Islamist insurgencies amid growing unrest.
2017 Oct 29, French police
detained Francois Compaore, the younger brother of former Burkina
Faso president Blaise Compaore, at Charles de Gaulle airport on an
int’l arrest warrant related to the 1998 murder of Norbert Zongo,
who published Burkina Faso's Independent newspaper. Francois
Compaore was released the next day.
2017 Oct 30, Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson said the United States has promised $60 million to
support the Group of Five Sahel States (G5 Sahel: Burkina Faso,
Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger) Joint Force’s counterterrorism
2017 Nov 17, Burkina Faso
government and security officials said suspected jihadists have
staged an attack in the northern Soum province, killing at least six
2017 Nov 28, In Burkina Faso
French Pres. Emmanuel Macron kicked off his maiden African tour by
vowing to declassify secret French files on Burkina Faso's
assassinated leader, Thomas Sankara, hailed as a revolutionary hero
in many parts of the continent.
2017 Dec 13, French President
Emmanuel Macron hosted a summit for the leaders of the G5 Sahel
(composed of the armies of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and
Chad) plus Germany and Italy as well as the Saudi and Emirati
ministers. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates committed 130
million euros ($152.75 million) to tackle Islamist militants in the
2018 Jan 8, The defence and
foreign ministers of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger,
the G5 Sahel, pledged to pool military efforts to fight terrorism
have set up a fiduciary fund to oversee donations for their
2018 Jan 25, In central Mali a
landmine explosion blew up a civilian passenger vehicle from Burkina
Faso, killing 13 people and wounding several others. The death toll
was soon raised to 26 and included six women and four children.
(Reuters, 1/25/18)(SFC, 1/27/18, p.A2)
2018 Feb 6, In Niger five Sahel
countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) made a
pitch for further funds for a joint force to fight jihadism in their
2018 Feb 18, The National Union
of Burkina Faso Filmmakers announced the death of prolific filmmaker
Idrissa Ouedraogo (64) from an undisclosed illness. He produced more
than 40 films including "Tilai," which won the Grand Prix at the
1990 Cannes Film Festival.
2018 Feb, In Burkina Faso a
police station was attacked by about 10 people in the eastern town
of Natiaboani, killing one officer and wounding at least two others.
2018 Feb 23, EU leaders and
int’l. donors in Brussels pledged 414 million euros ($510 million)
to help five countries in West Africa's vast Sahel region (Burkina
Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) set up a new counterterror
force as a deadly jihadist threat grows.
(AP, 2/23/18)(AFP, 2/23/18)
2018 Mar 2, In Burkina Faso
attackers in Ouagadougou killed eight armed forces personnel and
wounded some fifty others in a coordinated assault on the army
headquarters and French embassy. A French security source said 12
more were seriously injured. Two people were arrested near the
military headquarters. Nine assailants were killed and had seemingly
benefited from infiltrating the army.
(Reuters, 3/2/18)(AP, 3/3/18)(AFP, 3/4/18)
2018 Mar 4, In Burkina Faso one
man was shot dead after three people attempted to storm a roadblock
in the early hours near the presidential compound.
2018 Mar 21, In northern
Burkina Faso a former municipal councilor was abducted late today in
Lassa village, bordering Mali.
2018 Apr 28, Burkina Faso
authorities said they have arrested around 100 people and seized
explosives in operations from April 19 to 27 in eastern and northern
regions near the Malian border where jihadists are active.
2018 May 18, The Burkina Faso
military said 52 individuals were arrested in Burkina Faso, 42 in
Benin, 95 in Togo and 13 in Ghana last week in a joint anti-terror
and security operation in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin and Togo.
2018 May 22, In Burkina Faso
three suspected jihadists were killed and one was captured in a
pre-dawn raid by security forces on a house in Ouagadougou.
2018 May 24, Taiwan lost its
second diplomatic ally in less than a month when Burkina Faso said
it had cut ties with the self-ruled island, following intense
Chinese pressure on African countries to break with what it regards
as a wayward province.
2018 May 26, The West African
Nation of Burkina Faso formally resumed diplomatic ties with China
after breaking off relations with Taiwan, which now has just 18
2018 Aug 11, In Burkina Faso
five gendarmes and one civilian were killed between the rural
communes of Boungou and Ougarou in the nation's far east when their
vehicle hit an explosive device late today while gendarmes were
escorting mining workers to their extraction site.
2018 Aug 28, In Burkina Faso
seven soldiers were killed by a blast after they were sent to the
town of Pama as reinforcements when a police station there came
2018 Sep 18, It was reported
that Burkina Faso authorities have jailed more than 30 adults after
they carried out botched female genital mutilation on nearly 60
infants and girls who have been hospitalized. Burkina Faso had
outlawed the procedure in the early 1990s.
(SFC, 9/19/18, p.A2)
2018 Sep 19, Burkina Faso
banned night-time use of motorcycles in an eastern region plagued by
hit-and-run raids by jihadist rebels.
2018 Sep 23, In Burkina Faso
three miners -- a Burkinabe national, an Indian and a South African
-- were seized by armed men between Djibo and a local gold mine.
Hours later, three police officers deployed to help search for the
trio were killed in a clash with armed men at Tongomael, about 30 km
(20 miles) away.
2018 Sep 26, In northern
Burkina Faso eight soldiers were killed by a blast in Soum province.
2018 Oct 3, In northern Burkina
Faso a gendarme was killed and another injured, where three people,
including an Indian and a South African national, had been kidnapped
at the end of last month.
2018 Oct 4, In eastern Burkina
Faso six soldiers were killed and several others seriously injured
when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED).
2018 Nov 5, In Senegal a
two-day African security forum opened in Dakar amid concerns about
funding for a much-trumpeted initiative to bind the G5 Sahel force
(Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) into an anti-terror
2018 Nov 29, In Burkina Faso
several thousand people took the streets of Ouagadougou as workers
downed tools in a nationwide strike over higher fuel prices.
2018 Dec 5, A Paris court of
appeal approved an extradition request by Burkina Faso's government
for the brother of ex-Burkinabe president Blaise Compaore.
2018 Dec 6, The European Union
and France said their total investment in development funding aimed
at preventing terrorism in the G5 African Sahel countries
(Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, and Niger) would rise to 1.3
billion euros ($1.5 billion), as the region struggles with jihadism
2018 Dec 26, In Burkina Faso
gunmen late today killed 10 gendarmes in Loroni village near the
2018 Dec 31, Burkina Faso said
it is declaring a state of emergency in provinces grappling with
Subject = Burkina Faso
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