Burkina Faso

This photo was taken last year when the Superior General and the Councillors of the Religious of the Assumption visited the PH/Panay/Antique.

This point in history popped up when news of the terror attacks in Burkina Faso came out last week. At least 30 were proclaimed dead. Two of them were world-acclaimed photogpraher Leila Alaoui and her driver. The North African affiliate of al Qaeda, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, claimed responsibility.

Alaoui was on assignment for human rights group Amnesty International to document women’s rights in the region. She and her driver were parked outside the Cappucino cafe, across from the hotel targeted in the attack.


Burkina Faso means “land of honest men.” It is located in West Africa, land-locked by Ghana, Togo, Benin, Niger, Mali and the Ivory Coast.

Several kingdoms make up Burkina Faso, which became a French protectorate in 896 and was named as Upper Volta. They gained independence in 1960. It was later renamed to Burkina Faso in 1984.


Superior General Sr. Martine Tapsoba, ra is from Burkina Faso.

The Councillors:

Sr. Maria del Carmen Escribano, of the Province of Spain.

Sr. Francoise Martin, of the French Province.

Sr. Maria Josefina (Marjo) Matias, of the Philippine-Thailand Province.

Sr. Maria Eugenia (Mayi) Ramirez, of the Province of Ecuador-Chile.

Photo taken at Sta. Rita Academy, with Sr. Viol Pesongco and Sr. Rosa.

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