Ouagadougou, 22 November, 2019 / 12:40 am (ACI Africa).
Growing insecurity in the West African nation of Burkina Faso, reported by an international media as risking to become “another Syria” due to a worrying humanitarian crisis with children bearing the brunt, is a matter of great concern for African Church leaders currently in the country’s capital Ouagadougou for the weeklong Pan-African Congress on Divine Mercy.
“In the face of this disturbing wave of violence in Burkina Faso, we continue to express our strong condemnation and assure our brothers and sisters of our prayers, solidarity, communion and compassion,” the Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Philippe Cardinal Ouédraogo told ACI Africa in an exclusive interview Tuesday, November 19 on the sidelines of the continental Congress.
“The situation is really critical, but we are counting on God’s Mercy for peace to return to our nation,” the Burkinabé Cardinal said and added, “We cannot lose hope; we are sure that together we will overcome.”
According to Cardinal Ouédraogo, “since the beginning of the terrorist attacks, many Burkinabé have been unable to cultivate or harvest and live in conditions of extreme poverty. This large-scale humanitarian crisis requires a collective consciousness to take action to save our suffering population.”
Speaking to ACI Africa on the same crisis, the Archbishop of Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR) Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga prayed that the warring factions replace weapons used in perpetrating violence with constructive tools that improve livelihood, the latter facilitated by a relationship with God.