Widow of ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’ still seeks truth of his death

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Mariam Sankara, widow of former president Thomas Sankara, known as the father of the revolution in Burkina Faso, talks to AFP in Ouagadougou on May 20, 2015

Nearly three decades after the assassination of Burkina Faso’s iconic ex-president Thomas Sankara, his widow Mariam is still campaigning to shed full light on his 1987 death. “I haven’t given up, I won’t give up until the truth is known,” the 62-year-old told AFP in a rare interview during a visit to Paris. The widow of the revolutionary former army captain, who launched an ambitious anti-imperialist programme for social and economic change during his four years in power, has lived in exile in Montpellier, southern France, since 1990.

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