Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa. It is surrounded by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast. It was formerly known as Upper Volta, and adopted its current name after it gained its independence from France on August 5, 1960. The country has a population of 20.1 million. The capital city is Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso one of the world's poorest countries.
From 1896 to 1960 was Burkina Faso a French colony. After the independence followed a one-party dictatorship. In 1983, a man named Sankara established a leftist military dictatorship in Burkina Faso. During Sankara’s rule, tensions with Mali over the mineral-rich Agacher Strip erupted in a brief border war in December 1985. The dispute was settled in the International Court of Justice at The Hague a year later, to the satisfaction of both countries. The government is currently stable according to a World Bank Report in late 2018.
The National Order is the highest title and was established by Decree on August 6, 1993, and has since replaced the National Order of Upper Volta, the Order of the Torch of the Revolution, and the Order of the Star of Nahouri. It is awarded to Burkinabé civilians and military personnel in recognition of personal merit and exceptional service rendered to the nation. It may also be awarded posthumously for acts of bravery.
“Burkina Faso.” Gentleman’s Military Interest Club. Published on February 3, 2011.
All relevant government regulations can be accessed online from LegiBurkina.
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Medal of Honour for the Department of Water and Forest Resources