Amid growing Islamist violence across West Africa, 15 Christians were slain in Burkina Faso last week as suspected jihadis reportedly opened fire on a baptism party.
International Christian Concern reports that according to a statement from the governor of the Sahel region, Colonel Salfo Kabor, the attack took place in the province of Oudalan which is close to Burkina Faso’s border with Mali.
“People are shocked and many are running,” Moha AG Agraz, a Tin-Akoff native in communication with residents of the town reportedly told ABC News of the event.
No one has claimed the attack.
“Burkina Faso, once seen as a harmonious nation of religious tolerance, has been infiltrated by jihadist and militia groups known to commit grave acts of violence and human rights violations,” ICC explains.
“Extremists have conducted numerous attacks on both civilian and government targets, many times focusing on Christians, their leaders, and places of worship. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Burkina Faso and ask the Lord to protect Christians living in these persecuted areas.”
“Churches across the north of Burkina Faso are being left deserted as Christians flee escalating violence from armed Jihadist groups,” Premier Christian News reported.
This year, anti-Christian violence in nations such as Burkina Faso and Nigeria has been on the rise as groups like Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda gain more influence.
Earlier this month, a pastor was kidnapped in Nigeria as he was in the midst of conducting a Bible study.
In the first four months of 2021 alone, over 1,400 Christians were slaughtered by Islamic jihadis and another 2,200 abducted — and that’s just in Nigeria.
“More than one million people are now displaced in the West African nation in what the UN Refugee Agency has said is now ‘the world’s fastest-growing humanitarian and protection crisis.’ Although the violence does not affect Christians exclusively, there is no doubt that they are specifically targeted,” PCN noted.
Pray for our brothers and sisters in Africa who face some of the most terrifying persecution experienced by the global church — and pray that the Western world would pay attention to what is happening in the region!
Such violent abuse of any one people group should be the concern of moral nations everywhere.
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