Burkina Faso used to be called Upper Volta. It's name changed in 1984. Burkina Faso means "Land of Honorable People."
Burkina Faso's national language is considered French, although there are an estimated 69 different tribal languages spoken throughout the country.
Ouagadougou, pronounced Wagadugu, is the capital.
There are about 16 million people in BF. Just over half the population is under the age of 18.
AIDS has orphaned around one million kids!
50% of the country is Muslim. 30% Animistic and 20% Christian.
Education is not free in Burkina Faso and many children do not attend because their parents cannot afford to send them.
Most food in Burkina Faso comes with sauce. Staple foods are sorghum, millet, rice, maize, peanuts, potatoes, beans, yams and okra. Meat is not eaten often in the villages. Instead, villagers eat eggs and fish. Some fresh vegetables and fruits are available in towns.