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Help for Catechists’ Families Forced from their Homes by Islamist Terrorists in Burkina Faso

Christians in the Diocese of Dori make up only a tiny and widely scattered minority in their region in the far north of Burkina Faso, where 95% of the population is Muslim. Since 2015, the north of the country has been plagued by a wave of Islamist terrorism, leaving over 750,000 people homeless and over 1,000 schools closed. The crisis is continuing, with an average of 4,000 people still fleeing every day from the continuing terrorist attacks, in including a number of massacres and abductions.

Among the many people who have been forced to flee are the lay catechists of the diocese, together with their families. Some of them have been able to find shelter and work in the other dioceses of the country, but a number of them speak only the regional Gourmantché language, which is spoken only in a few regions of the country, and they are thus unable to work in the other regions. Eighteen of these families now need help to rebuild their lives here in the Diocese of Dori.

Among them is the family of one catechist, Philippe, a father of seven, who was murdered in a massacre in February of this year. ACN is proposing to help these 18 families with a total of $32,400, for food and lodging, medical care and essential help to rebuild their lives – such as providing livestock so they can support themselves. 

Church life today in Africa would be unthinkable without these lay catechists. They fulfill a vital function in the parishes, especially where the faithful live scattered across wide regions and are not able to see priests regularly. 

Will you help us to help these catechists and their families who were forced from their homes by Islamist terrorists in Burkina Faso? 

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