Making reference to the June 5 attack, the Catholic Bishops in the two-nation conference add, “This has left the population in a state of great perplexity, with alarming prospects of unprecedented distress for the displaced in this early winter period.”
According to the Bishops, the people of God in Burkina Faso are questioning why there is heavy presence of both local and international security and heightened insecurity.
“Naturally, questions are being asked about the interest of the presence of so many foreign forces on our territories when the hope of the fruits increasingly disappoints the promise of the flowers,” they say, and add, “This observation is a great concern of the populations; a concern that we share.”
“When will the end of the tunnel come?” CEBN members further pose.
In their collective statement, the Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso and Niger express their spiritual solidarity with the victims of the June 5 attack, and offer prayers for the repose of the souls of the deceased and comfort of the other victims.
On June 8, Burkina Faso’s Cardinal launched a renewed call for prayers in solidarity with victims of the Solhan attack.
“Our country, Burkina Faso, has once again suffered a tragic attack in Solhan … in the Yagha region of the Sahel. In the name of our Church Family of God, we offer our sincere condolences to the bereaved families and entrust to the Lord’s mercy the victims of Solhan and all the victims of terrorist attacks, both civilian and military, in our country,” Philippe Cardinal Ouédraogo said.
The Archbishop of Ouagadougou added, “To show our solidarity with all the victims, whatever their religious or ethnic affiliation, and with those populations traumatized by acts of violence, we launch a renewed call to prayer throughout the territory of the Archdiocese of Ouagadougou.”
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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