Burkina Faso

Area: 274,200 sq. km. (106,000 sq. mi.); about the size of Colorado.

Cities: Capital--Ouagadougou (pop. 1 million).

Other cities - Bobo-Dioulasso (410,000), Koudougou (83,000).

Terrain: Savanna; brushy plains and scattered hills.

Climate: Sahelian; pronounced wet and dry seasons.

Population: 12.4m

Infant mortality: 207/1000

Life Expectancy: 47.9 years

Burkina Faso is an ethnically integrated, secular state. Most of Burkina's people are concentrated in the south and center of the country. There are few schools, health facilities and public services - especially in rural areas. Just over half of the population has access to clean water, while less than 15% have access to sanitation. Burkinabe have had formal education. Schooling is in theory free and compulsory until the age of 16, but only about 54% of Burkina's primary school-age children are enrolled in primary school due to actual costs of school supplies and school fees and to opportunity costs of sending a child who could earn money for the family to school (US State Department (2008).

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