- Mar 27, 2020
Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced out of their homes in Burkina Faso as Christian communities are targeted in a spiral of Islamist killings.
Gunmen killed 24 men, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others on Sunday in Burkina Faso, an official said. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable West African nation.
Burkina Faso has been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a bid to stem the tide of jihadist attacks in the country and the rest of the Sahel region of Africa.
Mali’s bishops have expressed concern that an ethnic conflict in the country could be manipulated by Islamist groups.
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.”
Michael Stulman, CRS’s Global Marketing and Communications Manager, highlighted the likely hot spots of conflict in 2020, and what the Catholic aid agency plans to do.