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Burkina Faso Travel and Tourism

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Burkina Faso , also known by its short-form name Burkina, is a landlocked nation in West Africa. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin to the south east, Togo and Ghana to the south, and Côte d'Ivoire to the south west. Its size is 274,000 km² with an estimated population of more than 13,200,000. Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, it was renamed on August 4, 1984, by President Thomas Sankara to mean "the land of upright people" in Moré and Dioula, the major native languages of the country. Literally, "Burkina" may be translated, "men of integrity," from the Moré language, and "Faso" means "father's house" in Dioula. The inhabitants of Burkina Faso are known as Burkinabè . Burkina Faso's capital is Ouagadougou. After gaining independence from France in 1960, the country underwent many governmental changes until arriving at its current form, a semi-presidential republic. The president is Blaise Compaoré. The country occupies the second-last place on the Human Development Index.

   
 
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Gorom Gorom Market The Colorful Market of Burkina Faso Good for Tourist - Ouagadougou
Gorom Gorom Market The Colorful Market of Burkina Faso Good for Tourist Gorom-Gorom's Thursday market is the most colorful in Burkina Faso, and one of the best in all West Africa. Its charm lies in the fact that it's an authentic local market, drawing traders from all around the surrounding countryside. As such, its focus is entirely local, and tourists are simply part of the menagerie. You'll see a variety of Sahel and Sahara ethnic groups at the market. The Tuareg are easily identified by their long flowing robes (boubous), indigo turbans and elaborate silver swords, and can often be seen riding proudly on their camels or haggling in the animal market over the price of camels and goats. The Tuareg's former slaves, the Bella, have taken over many of their erstwhile masters' skills in...