Latest stories: Sahel region

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

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 130 people dead.

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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.

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Violence, displacement on the rise in Sahel region of Africa

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.