Help for Families Fleeing Terrorists in Burkina Faso

Christians make up a tiny and widely scattered minority in northern Burkina Faso, where 95 percent of the population is Muslim. Since 2015, the region has been plagued by terrorism, leaving over 750,000 homeless and over 1,000 schools closed. The crisis continues today, with an average of 4,000 people fleeing massacre and abduction daily. 

Among the many who have been forced to flee are the lay catechists of the Diocese of Dori, along with their families. Some have been able to find shelter and work in the other parishes of Burkina Faso, but a number of them only speak the regional Gourmantché language, which means they cannot work elsewhere. Others have suffered major loss: one catechist, Philippe, was a father of seven and murdered in February.

Help for Families Fleeing Terrorists in Burkina Faso

Eighteen families now need help rebuilding their lives in the Diocese of Dori. ACN has offered a total of $32,400 for food, lodging, medical care, livestock, and other essentials that will allow them to support themselves.

The Church in Africa would be unimaginable without these lay catechists, especially where the faithful are remote and unable to see priests regularly. 

Will you help us support the catechist families forced from their homes by Islamist terrorists in Burkina Faso? 

Aid to the Church in Need commits to invest your funds where they will have the greatest impact for the Church we serve. Funds donated to Aid to the Church in Need’s projects will be used towards the greatest need in our programs to help keep the Faith alive.

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