Jihadists in Burkina Faso Slaughter More than 138 People, Thousands Flee

Image depicts a family displaced by violence in Burkina Faso in May 2019. (Photo © UNHCR/Romain Desclous)

Believers stand ready to help in the fallout of Burkina Faso’s latest attack. Suspected Islamist militants raided a village near the Mali border over the weekend, killing at least 138 people and forcing 7,000 families to flee.

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“We do have partners in the area, so we’ll continue to work,” Voice of the Martyrs Canada spokesman Greg Musselman says.

“Lord willing, we’ll be able to reach out to our friends there in Burkina Faso and find ways [to] help them remain strong in their faith in the middle of this horrible, horrible situation.”

Local sources put Saturday’s death toll closer to 160, making it the deadliest assault in six years. No group has claimed responsibility yet, but some government officials think it’s the work of the Islamic State. Jihadist violence rose eightfold in parts of the Sahel region between 2015 and 2020.

“The fear is that these attacks will happen again. Unfortunately, history shows us [they] go on and on, especially in Nigeria and now Burkina Faso. Militants know that the security is weak, and they will continue to prey upon these very innocent people,” Musselman says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for successful communication between VOM Canada and its partners as they seek to help persecuted Christians.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen His followers in Burkina Faso, and give them grace.