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Burkina Faso, known as Upper Volta before the revolution of 1983, is one of the poorest nations in the world. Like other African nations in the arid Sahelian region, it faces formidable environmental problems. With a history of colonial exploitation and very few natural resources, Burkina might seem to be a hopeless case. In the following pages, this account of development in Burkina Faso today tries to convey something of the conditions of life, the hopes and aspirations of its people, the conflicts they face and the never-ending struggles which many must endure in order to have any future at all.

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