TOPIC: WOMEN

In Burkina Faso, the Shame of Unwed Motherhood Never Leaves

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — A white van roams the streets of the capital here every Wednesday morning to help young women and girls who may be homeless or destitute to take them to a health clinic on the outskirts of the city. There, a small team tries to help the clients, who may be single … Read more

The ‘Children of Nobody’: Street Kids in West Africa

A street child crying consoled by his friend in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Tasséré Ouedraogo, 33, appears to have spent his childhood comfortably, as reflected in the colorful tailor-made suit he wears as an adult. Yet, from age 11 to 16, he was a bakroman, or street child, in local slang. Here in Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in West Africa of around 18 … Read more

Attacks in West Africa Show Regional Security Reliance on France and US

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — It was about 7:30 p.m. when the meeting began on the fourth floor of the Splendid Hotel here on Jan. 15 in this capital city. Fourteen people were gathered to discuss the launching of a humanitarian association, with a Burkina government minister present. Phones were put in silent mode. While the … Read more

In Burkina Faso, a US Ambassador Wins Over a Slice of Francophone West Africa

Tulinabo Mushingi, center, the US ambassador to Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Nowhere can the positive presence of the United States in West Africa be more obvious than in the quiet, dusty nation of Burkina Faso, a mostly rural state surrounded by six other countries of ranging stability: Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger and Togo. Near the heart of a well-coordinated international, … Read more

Women Compete in Burkina Faso’s Presidential Contest, a First for the Nation

These Burkina Faso voters leave a polling station

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — This small but determined West African country voted on Sunday in its first presidential election since its last president, Blaise Compaoré, was ousted in October 2014. He had ruled the country for 27 years and was finally pushed out by a grass-roots opposition movement. Although the front-runner, Roch Marc Kaboré, appears … Read more

Burkina Faso’s People, Opposing an Autocrat, Feel Let Down by the UN

The fast-moving people-power coup that ousted a longtime leader of the landlocked West African country of Burkina Faso took not only powerful nations and international institutions by surprise — including the United Nations, France, the United States, the African Union and African regional groups — but also the Burkina protesters themselves. The demonstrations started in … Read more

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