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Military Coup in Burkina Faso

The West African country of Burkina Faso is experiencing  unrest as a result of a coup. President  Roch Marc Christian Kabore was recently removed from office by members of the military. Leading up to the coup there had been numerous demonstrations against the government and President Kabore’s policies.

Jubilant crowds descended upon the capital, Ouagadougou, upon news of the democratically elected President’s ouster. The military junta claims that their takeover was a bloodless coup and is promising to eventually hold elections.

What happened in Burkina Faso?

INSTRUCTORS: click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.


News Articles:

Burkina Faso military coup: Junta says it has now seized power


January 25, 2022

Burkina Faso coup: How President Kabore’s ouster unfolded


January 25, 2022

Burkina Faso army deposes president in West Africa’s latest coup


January 24, 2022 

News Articles (Analyses):

Burkina Faso coup: Why soldiers have overthrown President Kaboré


January 25, 2022

Burkina Faso military coup: How the world reacted


January 25, 2022

Profile of soldier who led Burkina Faso coup: Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba


January 25, 2022


 Writing: Why did the military overthrow the government?

 Debate: How should the international community respond to militants in West Africa?

 Poll: Should the U.S. send troops to West Africa?

Short Answer: What is the significance of the military coup in Burkina Faso?


Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba was recently elected President of Burkina Faso. (T/F)

The junta is promising to eventually hold elections . (T/F)

Large protests occurred in the countries capital, Ouagadougou, as a result of the coup in Burkina Faso. (T/F)

What was the catalyst for the coup?

  1. The governments response to climate change.
  2. The governments response to the pandemic.
  3. The governments response to terrorism.
  4. The governments response to corruption.

Which of the following countries has exercised more power in West Africa because of the unrest?

a. France

b. Russia

c. United Kingdom

d. Belgium

All the following are true concerning the junta in Burkina Faso EXCEPT.

a. Implemented nightly curfews.

b. Closed the countries borders.

c. Executed the former President.

d. Dissolved the government.


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