House Tour

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This week we went on a very unique house tour.  As many of you know last fall there was an uprising here in Burkina.  After 27 years in office the President Blaise Compaoré attempted to change the constitution so that he could stay in office for another term.  A fairly peaceful popular uprising ensued and Compaoré was ousted.   During the uprising the parliament building in the center of our city was burned and some of the houses of leaders connected to the president were ransacked.  One of the key figures in Compares regime was his younger brother François.  He has a reputation for cruelty, is rumored to have orchestrated killings of innocent civilians, and suspected by some to practice human sacrifices.  It was at François’s villa that soldiers first opened fire on demonstrators during the uprising.  In the end his house was ransacked. People who were there that day say evidence was found in the house linking him to the death of a journalist, human sacrifices, and extravagance at the expense of the Burkinabé people.

Some young people who feel compelled to make the house and its history accessible to the public have started giving guided tours of the house.  The house is interesting… the graffiti is fascinating and powerful.  This was the house tour.

 

The remains of the climate controlled dog house.
The remains of the climate controlled dog house.

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The entryway. The face of Thomas Sankara, former president of Burkina who is hailed a hero.

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the president of faso is elected for…

Master bathroom

Master bathroom

On the wall of the master bedroom.  It reads "money of the people"

On the wall of the master bedroom. It reads “money of the people”

A photo of demonstrators that has since been hung in the second floor bedroom that looks out over the city of Ouagadougou.

A photo of demonstrators that has since been hung in the second floor bedroom that looks out over the city of Ouagadougou.

make (food) not war
make (food) not war
justice where are you?
justice where are you?

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If you are interested in more on this house and the story of our tour guide, Prosper Simporé,  check out this article: In Burkina Faso, a mansion offers a glimpse into the revolution

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