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In March 2015, the African Union Campaign to End Child Marriage was launched in Dori, the capital of the Sahel region where child marriage rates are the highest.
Burkina Faso finalised a National Strategy to End Child Marriage in Burkina Faso (2016-2025) in November 2015 in order to work towards the prevention and elimination of child marriage by 2025.
On 16 September 2015 a military coup d'état against the Kafando government was carried out by the Regiment of Presidential Security, the former presidential guard of Compaoré.
Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, the country was renamed "Burkina Faso" on 4 August 1984 by then-President Thomas Sankara.
From the 3rd to the 13th centuries AD, the Iron Age Bura culture existed in the territory of present-day southeastern Burkina Faso and southwestern Niger.
He remained head of state until he was ousted from power by the popular youth upheaval of 31 October 2014, after which he fled to the Ivory Coast.
Michel Kafando subsequently became the transitional President of the country.
Burkina Faso has a child marriage prevalence rate of 52%.
On average, almost one out of two girls in Burkina will be married before the age of 18.