- May 27, 2020
While terrorist attacks have been steadily increasing in countries such as Mali, Niger and Burkina Fasso, Moussa Dominique Bangre, country representative for Catholic Relief Services in Mali, believes the impact of COVID19 could weaken the country’s “capacity to respond to jihadist attacks.”
Catholic clergy in Africa’s northern Sahel region have warned that Islamist insurgents could intensify attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic while police and troops are diverted to civil order duties.
As terrorist attacks continue unabated in Africa’s Sahel region, the Catholic bishops in Niger and Burkina Faso have warned against the situation “degenerating into inter-communal conflicts.”
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.
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.