Islamist Extremists Seek to Divide in Burkina Faso

08/21/2019 Burkina Faso (International Christian Concern) – The Washington Post released an article today highlighting the growing Islamic Extremism in Burkina Faso and West Africa. The article talks about the multiple attacks that took place on churches in Northern Burkina Faso earlier this year. There were at least four attacks, that killed nearly 20 people, including 3 church leaders.

These attacks marked a stark change from previous extremist attacks in Burkina Faso. Though there had been attacks by terrorist and jihadist groups in the country before, those were almost always indiscriminate killings looking to terrify whole populations. They had also targeted government or western actors. With this shift of targeting, Christians have become fearful for their safety. It may also show a desire by these groups to divide the people of Burkina Faso along Religious lines.

Dividing communities and countries along religious lines is a tactic often used by terror groups, as it causes mistrust and a more chaotic atmosphere in which they can operate. It can also lead to people attacking and killing each other without the terror group having to do it themselves. Please pray for the safety of the people of Burkina Faso as attacks continue to grow. Also pray that they would not become divided by these attacks, but that they would use it as a way to come together and defeat this extremism.

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