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.
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