Terrorist groups occupy between 40 and 50 percent of Burkina Faso. The military has battled these groups, some linked to ISIS, Al-Qaeda, or Boko Haram, since 2015.
The violence has had severe economic repercussions. Tourism is a big part of Burkina Faso’s economy, but fewer people are visiting now. The terrorist groups want to establish caliphates run by their own interpretations of Islamic law.
Alassane is the Administrator of Christian World Outreach (CWO) in Burkina Faso. He says, “We have about two million people displaced to different places. All of them are trying to save their lives. Many are running down to the Capitol. And we have about 4,600 schools that have been closed. Most of the victims are children and women.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for peace and healing in Burkina Faso.