Justice proclaimed everywhere and for all

Achille Sawadogo
2 min readMay 31, 2019
Graffiti of Thomas Sankara, wall of Ouagadougou international airport

Many crises have peppered the socio-political history of Burkina Faso. By their bloody nature, they have affected many Burkinabè who demand truth and justice today. To be heard, several communication actions are carried out. For example, public buildings are frequently used as a communication medium.

The most significant events in Burkina Faso’s history remain, without question, the 1987 coup d’état, with the assassination of former President Thomas Sankara, the death of investigative journalist Norbert Zongo in 1998, the popular revolution of 2014 and the failed coup of 2015. These different socio-political crises have plunged the whole Nation. The popular uprising of October 30 and 31, 2014 caused numerous damages: 24 dead and 625 wounded. During the failed coup of September 2015, 15 people were killed and 251 injured (official).

To date, investigations into these events have not yielded conclusive results. For the people, we must act and all means seem good to claim and claim justice.

On school and interchanges walls, or on billboards; with felts, paint or just chalk or whatever after all the most important seems to be the message to convey.

Here and there you can hear “Justice for Norbert Zongo”, “Justice for Thomas Sankara”. The messages have the same end: to claim the truth around these facts that have contributed, in the darkest way, to write the socio-political history of Burkina Faso.

Last chance technique?

Press conferences, public conferences, organization of commemoration activities. Through the intermediary of the press, the victims’ families, Civil Society Organizations, Human Rights Associations or, quite simply the average citizen in thirst for justice, have always struggled to awaken the collective conscience and put pressure on the competent authority, with a view to the diligent handling of these questions.

One thing is certain, this method of claiming is illegal as it undermines public property and even rarely, private property. Moreover remembering at each crossroads of the city of Ouagadougou that the truth has not yet been said is certainly not to everyone’s taste. But according to one road user that we approached “To great evils, the great means. As long as justice is not done, these messages will continue to harass everyone and give bad conscience”.



Achille Sawadogo

Mandela Washington Fellow, for Young African Leaders — Civic engagement — Development Cooperation, Economist, Project Management skills, Free learner