Ouagadougou, 18 June, 2021 / 6:41 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso and Niger are urging security forces operating in the region to work toward restoring the optimism that had characterized the West African nation of Burkina Faso before the Solhan village massacre.
In a statement issued at the end of their plenary assembly, members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger (CEBN) “condemn without appeal” the June 5 attack on Solhan village in the Northern part of Burkina Faso that left at least 160 people dead, and call on national and international security agencies to do more to prevent such loss of lives.
“We encourage the defence and security forces, with the help of all, to be more determined in restoring peace in the zones of insecurity,” members of CEBN say in their June 12 statement.
The security forces had made “considerable efforts”, the Bishops say and add, “The tragic event in Solhan, which has put us in a state of shock, shows terrorism kills the optimism that was beginning to be reborn among the people.”
“The night of horror in Solhan shows the terrorist specter is becoming more and more threatening for a population that is surrounded by both national and foreign military bases,” they further say.