Burkina Faso has a population of 16 million people. Politicians and colonels and civil society leaders are throwing around “le peuple a dit” etc etc. I like Saran Sérémé because she calls them “la foule.” And that is right. Crowds in Ouagadougou and elites are deciding. Outside, in the rural areas of Burkina Faso where more than 10 million people live, there is very little influence over events in Ouagadougou. No matter how much you admire “popular uprisings” and “the masses” and “the will of the people” it is worth remembering this is a tiny minority of the population that is influencing events.
Blogs I Follow
- Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea is a readable dystopia that really pushes the reader to think hard
- Enjoyed Cynthia Ozick’s story “The Coast of New Zealand” in The New Yorker
- Boneland by Alan Garner
- Encadrement du responsable du centre multimédia de Houndé (CMH) sur les techniques de rédaction des livres pour enfants
- Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
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