Family Matters - Burkina Faso

Various people at different stages of life and age. Grafik: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Families from Burkina Faso share their stories of migration, fatherhood, religion and the bond of blood. A person’s bond to another by descent is the centre of life and the structure of a family, as the rest of life, is defined by a family’s belief system.

Creator Statement

“I think that Burkinabe society is changing; because in the past, families lived together, grandparents, parents, children, all generations were housed under the same roof. At that time, there were many exchanges, the youngest knew the history and habits of their families, knowledge was transmitted, which brought to each one knowledge but also the joys of sharing. Nowadays, society has made us more individualistic, very few families live together, we are gradually losing family values.” - Harouna Marane, photographer