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Bella Goth @SocialistBeauty
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Thomas Sankara was assassinated 31 years ago today. Today we remember Thomas Sankara. Thomas Sankara proudly stood against colonialism & launched one of the most prestigious programs for social & economic change ever attempted on the continent of Africa.

Here’s a few fun facts:
• Thomas Sankara planted over 10 million trees to prevent desertification.
• Thomas Sankara vaccinated 2.5 children against meningitis, yellow fever, and measles in a matter of WEEKS.
• Thomas Sankara built roads & a railway to tie the nation together, without foreign aid.
• Thomas Sankara initiated a literacy campaign, increasing the literacy from 13% in 1983 to 73% in 1987.
• Thomas Sankara appointed women to high governmental positions, motivated them to work, recruited them into the military, & granted pregnancy leave during education.
• Thomas Sankara redistributed land from feudal landlords (including slumlords) & gave the land to poor people. The production of wheat rose in just three years.
• Thomas Sankara also enforced that restaurants & other local owned businesses employ sex workers. He even went out of his way to make sure those women were given new clothes, feminine hygienic products, & even shelter.
Thomas Sankara outlawed female genitalia mutilation, forced marriages & polygamy in support of women’s rights.

• Thomas Sankara reduced the salaries of all public servants, including his own, & he also forbade the use of government chauffeurs & 1st class airline tickets.
• Thomas Sankara was a motorcyclist, he formed an all women motorcycle personal guard. He never stopped employing women whenever & wherever he could.
• Thomas Sankara opposed foreign aid & said “He who feeds you, controls you!”
Sorry.. I meant 2.5 million. I was typing too fast.
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