Rimkieta: a neighborhood full of hope
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...It is called Rimkieta and it is one of the poorest suburbs of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso, which in its native language means "the land of upright men," is one of the most disadvantaged countries in the world. It's a country in Eastern Africa with 19.2 million inhabitants bordering Mali in the northwest, Niger in the northeast and Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and Benin in the south.
It was ranked 182 out of the 189 countries in the Human Development Index published by the United Nations in 2020. (http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/BFA). Some significant data on development in Burkina Faso are:
– Per capita income is estimated at $1,705.
– The infant mortality rate for children younger than 5 years old is 10%
– The percentage of children between 3 and 5 years old in school: 4%
– The adult literacy rate is possibly 29%
– Life expectancy at birth: 61 years
An old French colony, Burkina Faso became independent in 1960. Lieutenant colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba has been President since January 2022, after a coup d’etat. Previously, Roch Marc Christian Kabore presided the country for 6 years (2015 – 2021), suceeding Blaise Compaore who presided for 27 years (1987 – 2014)
The official language is French, although only a minority of the population speaks it.
Religion: 60,5% Muslim; 19% Catholic; 15,3% Animist; 4.2% Protestant and the rest other traditional African religions.
(Source “National Institute of Statistics and Demography”)