Sahel region

Map of the Sahel region. Credit: Shutterstock

Commitment to Unity, Stability “promising step” for Prosperity of Africa’s Sahel Region: Christian Professionals

Jul 10, 2024

Christian Professionals in Africa have commended the three heads of State of Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso in the Africa’s Sahel Region for the move to unite in countering conflicts.

West Africa, Sahel region, Burkina Faso, Peace process, Stakeholders, Humanitarian assistance, Crisis, Catholic Relief Services, CRS, ACI Africa. Credit: Public Domain

Not “any impact”: Catholic Terrorism Expert on Religious Delegation to U.S. Over Sahel

Mar 22, 2023

The planned visit to the United States (U.S) by a section of religious leaders from West Africa to discuss the protracted insecurity in the Sahel region that dates back to January 2012  “will not have any impact”, a Nigerian Catholic Priest with specialization in matters insecurity and terrorism has said.

Map showing the Sahel region. Credit: Public Domain

Missionaries Losing Touch with Catholic Communities as Insecurity Rises in Niger

Oct 8, 2022

For over a decade, missionaries in Niger have been unable to reach various members of Catholic communities in the West African country owing to insecurity.

Children from South Sudan painting a poster of “One Million Children Praying the Rosary 2021”. Credit: ACN

Catholic Charity Announces Children’s Rosary Campaign for Sahel Africa, War-torn Countries

Sep 22, 2022

The Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, is inviting children from across the globe to join the “One million children praying the Rosary” campaign for countries experiencing war and hunger, especially those in Africa’s Sahel region, which has been described as the “world’s most neglected and conflict-ridden region”.

Philippe Cardinal Ouédraogo of Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou Archdiocese. Credit: ACI Africa

Burkinabes “really suffering, still await a strong signal in terms of peace”: Cardinal

May 5, 2022

The military leadership in Burkina Faso needs to do “much” more to address the plight of the people of God in the West African nation who are yet to see “a strong signal in terms of peace”, the Cardinal in the country has said. 

Francis Cardinal Arinze during the Holy Mass at the Vatican to pray for peace in Burkina Faso. Credit: Vatican Media

At Vatican’s Holy Mass for Peace in Burkina Faso, Nigerian Cardinal Reflects on Terrorism

Jun 22, 2021

At the Eucharistic celebration organized at the Vatican to pray for peace in Burkina Faso, Francis Cardinal Arinze reflected on terrorism in Africa, delinking the menace from religion.

Homes and the local market burnt during the overnight raid on Solhan village in the Yagha Province of Burkina Faso. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholics in Burkina Faso Offering Prayers for Victims of Solhan Village Attack

Jun 6, 2021

Catholics in Burkina Faso have been invited to offer special prayers for the victims of the attack on Solham village in the Northern part of the country that left at least 160 people dead.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger (CEBN)

Insecurity in Burkina Faso “more worrying than ever”, Bishops Express Concern

Jun 16, 2020

Bishops in Burkina Faso have, in a collective statement at the end of their Plenary Assembly, raised concerns about rising cases of insecurity in the West African country saying the situation is “more worrying than ever” and called on relevant authorities to act ahead of elections scheduled for later this year.

Fr. Pierre Claver Belemsigri, Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina and Niger. / Aid to the Church in Need

Burkina Faso Forum to Reflect on “what it means to be a Christian in insecurity context”

Mar 17, 2020

Amid increasing concerns of insecurity in the Sahel, Church leaders in the West African nation of Burkina Faso, where places of worship have been targeted in attack, are planning a forum that will offer Christians in the landlocked country an opportunity to reflect on their Christian calling in the face of persecution.

Phillip Cardinal Ouedraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Interreligious dialogue Vital “in fight against terrorism in Sahel”: SECAM President

Mar 8, 2020

As the crisis in the Sahel region deepens, with reports of recurrent terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Chad, the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has told ACI Africa that interreligious dialogue is quite significant in resolving the conflict and called on the West to stop arms trade on the continent.

Thomas Heine-Beldern, President of Aid to the Church in Need

“2019 one of the bloodiest for Christians in history”: Head of Global Catholic Charity

Jan 3, 2020

The President of the international Catholic pastoral charitable organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Thomas Heine-Beldern, has described the just ended year, 2019, as a year with a significantly high record of attacks targeting Christians across the globe, including Africa where Christians have been murdered in West Africa.

Map representing countries with the Sahel in Africa, a region affected by violence

West African Church Leaders Outline Role of Stakeholders in Sahel Peace Process

Nov 21, 2019

A couple of days after Pope Francis advocated for interreligious dialogue in the West African country of Burkina Faso as the attacks by jihadist groups take a heavy toll on human life, delegates, among them Catholic Prelates and priests drawn from Bishops’ conferences in Burkina-Niger, Mali, Ivory Coast, and Ghana convened the first-ever Inter-Conferences Workshop to discuss the security concerns in the African Sahel region and outlined the role of some eight stakeholders in the process of ending the violence.

Credit: Helen Blakesley/CRS.

Violence, displacement on the rise in Sahel region of Africa

Sep 17, 2019

Catholic Relief Services is warning of increasing violence and displacement in the Sahel— the vast area of western and north-central Africa stretching from Senegal to Sudan.