Thursday 23 February 2017

Jason O'Brien: The forgotten poor in Africa's 'back of beyond'

Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

Malnutrition in children is a common problem in villages such as this one in Burkina Faso
Malnutrition in children is a common problem in villages such as this one in Burkina Faso

THE city of Ouagadougou has similar connotations for the French community as the relatively close city of Timbuktu has for many of us in Ireland.

It is the back of beyond, a jocular threat to a foreign diplomat, shorthand for 'the middle of nowhere' rather than anything that suggests a heaving, sprawling, dusty capital.

It suffers from an identity problem -- like the rest of Burkina Faso -- in that, in reality, it hasn't got one in much of the developed world.

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