Body of Former Burkinabe President Sankara Exhumed
Sankara’s relatives and lawyers were present at the Daghnoen Cemetery on the outskirts of the capital Ouagadougou amidst heavy security as the exhumation of his body and those of 12 colleagues begun.
Sankara was a military captain and president of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987.
He was viewed by his supporters as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution, commonly referred to as Africa’s Che Guevara, after his ambitious goal of eliminating corruption and the dominance of the former French colonial power.
Compaore faced questions about Sankara’s death throughout his presidency but when he fled after a popular uprising against his rule in October last year, the interim government led by Michel Kafando promised to authorize an exhumation.
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