Burkina Faso’s call to salvation is to cultivate “prayer, unity and solidarity”. Only in this way can we fight terrorism. These are the words of Father Pierre Claver Belemsigri, secretary general of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger, informed by Aid to the Church in Need. Father Claver recalls how in the last twenty or thirty years Islam in Burkina Faso has undergone a process of radicalization due to fundamentalist currents from the Arabian Peninsula.
In fact, the attacks not only affect Catholics or Christians, but also Muslims who oppose fundamentalist Islam. The numbers speak of hundreds of thousands of displaced people and refugees, including many children, numbers that nonetheless remain in global indifference. But among the few charities in the country, the Catholic Church is at the forefront. Despite the persecutions, Christians in Burkina Faso do not deny their faith, which in fact, says Father Clever, seems strengthened by the attacks: “Although their lives are threatened, the faithful are proud to be Catholic.”