Thomas Sankara

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Person.png Thomas Sankara   WikiquoteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Born21 December 1949
Yako, French Upper Volta
Died1987-10-15 (Age 37)
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
SpouseMariam Sankara
Victim ofassassination
"Africa's Che Guevara"

Employment.png President of Burkina Faso Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
4 August 1983 - 15 October 1987

Employment.png Prime Minister of Upper Volta

In office
10 January 1983 - 17 May 1983

Thomas Sankara, as President of Burkina Faso, left the IMF and World Bank[citation needed] and in 1985 joined Fidel Castro in his call for the creation of a common front of Southern countries against paying off debt.[1]


On 15 October 1987, Sankara was killed by an armed group with twelve other officials in a coup d'état.

Prince Johnson, a former Liberian warlord allied to Charles Taylor, told Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) that it was engineered by Taylor.[2]

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