Can Kabore, Newly Reelected, Heal a Divided and War-Torn Burkina Faso?

Can Kabore, Newly Reelected, Heal a Divided and War-Torn Burkina Faso?
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore addresses supporters after provisional election results were announced, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Nov. 26, 2020 (AP photo by Sophie Garcia).

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso—Not long before the New Year, I paid a visit to an Islamic teacher, known as a marabout, who lives in an unfinished house here on the outskirts of Burkina Faso’s capital. I had first spoken with him earlier in 2020, after he was displaced from his home near the northern city of Djibo, in Soum province, near the border with Mali—a part of the country that has become a major frontline in the campaign against violent jihadist organizations. The marabout belongs to the Fulani ethnic group, often the target of persecution despite being one of the largest […]

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