Burkina Faso: how ACN is helping the victims of terrorism
by Christophe Lafontaine.
For several years now the Sahel region of Burkina Faso has been shaken by a series of terrorist attacks. The two most recent attacks took place three months ago, causing many people to flee their homes and villages. In response to the crisis, the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International) has just approved a project aimed at helping some of these internal refugees to reintegrate elsewhere in the life of the Church and of society. Specifically, it is aimed at 18 lay catechists from the parish of Sebba, together with their families. These pastoral coordinators normally work as guides and leaders within their local communities in places where the priests cannot often reach, and consequently they find themselves on the front line, prime targets for the Islamist terrorists. As a result of the attacks, they have been forced to leave Sebba and seek refuge in the town of Dori, the departmental capital and seat of the local diocese.
Bukina Faso: Family attending Holy mass through a radio broadcast, due to the Coronavirus pandemic,Tenkodogo. Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need.