- Jun 3, 2020
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.
The new president of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger, Bishop Laurent Birfuoré Dabiré, has called on Christians to resort to prayer and charity as the only appropriate weapon against terrorism.
The chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace offered condolences to the Catholic Church in Burkina Faso following a wave of attacks on churches there.
Funding from the Gulf States is one of the reasons extremism is growing in Burkina Faso, according to a representative of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a pontifical charity.