- Dec 6, 2019
The bishops of five West African nations committed to a renewed effort to seek peace in the Sahel region as growing violence has disrupted daily life and uprooted entire communities.
After one of the deadliest attacks in Burkina Faso in recent years, Pope Francis urged leaders there to do more to protect vulnerable civilians and to promote dialogue and social harmony.
Security in Africa’s Sahel region has “deteriorated significantly” over the past year, according to one of the largest Catholic development agencies.
A recent pledge of $1 billion by a regional body to tackle the growing jihadist problem in Africa’s Sahel region “will not be enough to stop the crisis,” according to a leading Catholic aid agency.
Christians in Burkina Faso are being forced to “flee, convert or die” by Islamist jihadists, according to the head of a Catholic aid charity.
A bishop leader in Burkina Faso called on the world to stop the massacre of Christians by foreign-backed Islamist groups that are “better armed and equipped” than government forces.