- Jul 4, 2020
As Burkina Faso gears up for presidential and legislative elections later this year, the Catholic Church is warning the country that a fraudulent election will make the hurt the country’s precarious security situation.
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.
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.