Christians Cry For Help In Famine Stricken Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO - Christians in the West African nation of Burkina Faso have appealed for help as especially children are "beginning to be affected by diseases linked to malnutrition and deficiency," the Barnabas Fund said October 3.
"The famine afflicting the [neighboring] state of Niger is also causing suffering in other countries of the region, particularly Burkina Faso .
Adding to the difficulties is Burkina Faso 's high population density and limited natural resources which analysts say result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.
Recent unrest in Cote d'Ivoire and northern Ghana has also hindered the ability of several hundred thousand seasonal Burkinabe farm workers to find employment in neighboring countries, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) said recently.
Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta ) achieved independence from France in 1960, but repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s has lead to serious economic difficulties. Following multiparty elections in the early 1990s, poverty remained with live expectancy hovering around 44 years.
Burkina Faso , where Christians comprise roughly 18 percent of the nearly 14 million strong population, ranks 175 out of 177 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index of 1993.