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Nigeria

Nigeria

Nigeria

Nigeria is located in Western Africa, between Benin and Cameroon, along the Gulf of Guinea. Slightly larger than twice the size of California, Nigeria is Africa's most populous country. Although there are more than 250 ethnic groups in the country, the most populous and influential groups are the Hausa and Fulani (29%) and the Yoruba (21%). English is the official language of the 500+ languages within Nigeria.  Read More

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Located in Western Africa, landlocked Burkina Faso is slightly larger than Colorado. Sharing over 3000 km of border with six countries: Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Togo. The capital city is Ouagadougou (population 2.053 million); the official language is French.  Read More

Iraq

Iraq: Country Profile

Iraq: Country Profile

Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq was occupied by Britain during the course of World War I; in 1920, it was declared a League of Nations mandate under UK administration. In stages over the next dozen years, Iraq attained its independence as a kingdom in 1932. A "republic" was proclaimed in 1958, but in actuality a series of strongmen ruled the country until 2003. The last was Saddam Husayn.  Read More

Syria

Syria

Syria

Syria, located in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Lebanon and Turkey; it also borders Jordan and Iraq. The climate is mostly desert, with hot, dry summers and mild rainy winters along the coast. Cold weather periodically hits Damascus, to include snow and sleet.  Read More