Ouagadougou, 16 February, 2021 / 3:12 pm (ACI Africa).
Bishops in Burkina Faso and Niger have, in a collective statement, raised concerns about the increasing number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) fleeing insecurity in the West African nation and called for peaceful coexistence between refugees and their host communities.
In their statement following the February 9-14 Plenary Assembly, members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger (CEBN) appeal for dialogue.
“We are concerned about the still large number of IDPs whose collaboration with their hosts is not always smooth,” CEBN members say in their statement issued February 14 and shared with ACI Africa two days later.
To ensure peaceful coexistence between IDPs and their host communities, the members of CEBN recommend strengthening of “a general dialogue” as well as an awareness campaign involving different leaders about peaceful co-existence.
Burkina Faso, which is part of the Sahel region, has been struggling with a wave of militant attacks since 2016.