Dablo, 18 December, 2021 / 11:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Displaced Christians in Burkina Faso are remembering with nostalgia how joyfully they celebrated Christmas before militants uprooted them from their homes, forcing them to seek refuge elsewhere.
Bartholomew is a Catholic and a father of seven who was forced to flee to Ouagadougou when Islamist insurgents attacked his village in Dablo in the North of Burkina Faso.
He narrated to Catholic charity and Pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Ireland, what Christmas was like before his family was displaced by terrorists.
“In Burkina, traditionally, on Christmas Day the parents would try to organize a family celebration because Christmas is the feast of the children. After Mass, the parents would prepare dishes of rice and other things, and we would all visit one another dressed in our best clothing,” Bartholomew reminisces in the Monday, December 13 report.
He adds, “The children would make Christmas cribs which they took round all the houses, singing and praising the Lord. It was a very beautiful feast.”