Burkina Faso

In: Africa Yearbook Volume 18
Daniel Eizenga
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Burkina Faso covers major events in domestic politics, foreign policy, and socio-economic development in 2021. Militant Islamist groups continued to ravage the countryside as violence reached record levels as did the number of internally displaced people. The armed forces remained overstretched and unable to address the rising insecurity. This prompted the government to reshuffle its cabinet and military leadership. French military assistance to the region began to downsize. Despite security concerns and the COVID-19 pandemic, the bi-annual Pan-African film and television festival in Ouagadougou took place after a postponement. After 34 years, the Thomas Sankara assassination trial opened in October.

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Africa Yearbook Volume 18

Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2021



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