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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

World Watch List Rank 28
World Watch List Score 66/100
Leader President Marc Christian Kaboré 
Population 20.3 million I 5,157,000
Main Religion Islam 54%; Christianity 25%
Government Presidential republic
WWL Rank in 2019
Persecution Level Very High Persecution

Burkina Faso (no. 28, up from 61 in WWL 2019), long known for its religious tolerance, has climbed into the top 50 for the first time ever. Christians here say that they are in a fight for survival. Protestant pastors and their families have been killed or kidnapped by violent
Islamic militants, and dozens of Catholic priests have been killed. Villagers wearing Christian symbols are singled out and killed on the spot.
Jihadists have replaced schools with what are called ‘Arab’ schools; churches, shops and health centres are being systematically burned down. “Inhabitants were given an ultimatum by the Islamist terrorists, who ordered them to convert to Islam or abandon their homes,” said one source.

Typical is an incident in April 2019. Militants on motorcycles arrived at a church service in a village in Burkina Faso. They confiscated all phones and ID cards and collected up Bibles and burnt them before taking the pastor and six others outside to shoot them; only one survived. In the north, more than 200 churches have closed; thousands of church members have moved into camps for the displaced, or taken refuge with friends in other regions of the country. Please pray for the Church to remain strong at this crucial time in Burkina Faso.

PRAY FOR Burkina Faso

  • Burkina Faso’s northeastern region in particular has seen a brutal onslaught of attacks on churches and villages with Christian majority populations. Please pray for safety as believers deal with the trauma of the growing violence.
  • Attacks on Christians in February and March this year escalated the number of people fleeing to safety. The UN estimates that more than 765,000 people have been displaced due to the jihadist violence in Burkina Faso in the last one year. Please pray for peace to be restored to the region.
  • Pray for the Lord’s comfort and grace to all who have lost loved ones in the attacks and that He would be close to the broken-hearted.

 

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