Burkina Faso Doubly Suffers from Conflict and COVID-19

08/25/2020 Burkina Faso (International Christian Concern) – Over the past year, Burkina Faso has seen a vast increase in violence from extremist groups in the north. The extremist groups have moved south from Mali where many of them train and recruit. Due to the violence these groups have used in their campaigns of terror, more than one million people have been displaced from their homes in Northern Burkina Faso. This has caused chaos for the country as many of these people have fled south and are living in displaced camps.

It has also hurt the economy of the already poor country. With so many people not working or able to fend for themselves, the country has become devastated and is nearing a failed-state status. Then this year, the COVID-19 pandemic added a whole new struggle to the situation in Burkina Faso. Displaced camps already suffer from higher rates of disease than other parts of societies, and this is true of COVID as well. Burkina Faso has been one of the hardest hit countries in Africa with the disease.

There are also now more than three million people in the country who are in need of emergency food aid. This number has more than tripled over the past years due the terror groups and the pandemic. This has affected all religious communities in the country, including the minority Christian community in Burkina Faso. Please pray for security, both physical and food, to return to this country and our brothers and sisters.

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