Burkina Faso – A Place

Summary

Continent: Africa

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Burkina Faso is a country in West Africa. Most of the land is plateau. There are two climate zones. In the north is the Sahelian zone. This is semiarid steppe. Most of the land is grass savanna with sparse shrubs and stunted trees. In the south is the Sudanic zone. There the climate is tropical wet-dry type. This area is covered with scattered forests.

History

Coming soon.

Modern Times

The population of Burkina Faso is 19 million.

There are numerous ethnic groups in this country and the major group is the Mossi (40%). The other groups are Fulani (9.4%), Bobo (5.9%), and Gurma (5.8%).

This is a multilingual country where are spoken 70 languages. The official language is French. There are 66 native languages around the capital. Most of the people speak the Mossi language (40%).

Burkina Faso is a religiously diverse society with Islam (60.5%) being the dominant religion. The vast majority of Muslims in this place are Malikite Sunni, which is deeply influenced with Sufism.

Genetics

This section is under development.

mtDNA

Sources and Resources

Background

Coming soon.

Journal Articles

  • Barbieri, C., Whitten, M., Beyer, K., Schreiber, H., Li, M. and Pakendorf, B. (2012). Contrasting maternal and paternal histories in the linguistic context of Burkina Faso. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 29(4), 1213-1223.