In two days, two bloody attacks against the Catholic Church were perpetrated in Burkina Faso. The Jihadist strategy is deployed in the country to raise ethnic and religious tensions, and to destabilize the country.
Five faithful and one priest were killed during Mass on Sunday, May 12, 2019, in a church in Dablo, a village in Sanmatenga province, north of Burkina Faso.
The mayor of Dablo recounted the attack: “Around 9 am, during the Mass, armed individuals burst into the church; they started firing as the faithful tried to flee...They killed five people. The priest who was celebrating Mass was also killed, bringing the number of dead to six.
“It is hopeless; my heart is crushed,” declared that same day, Bishop Théophile Naré, Bishop of Kaya, the diocese on which the afflicted village depends.
The following day—the anniversary of the apparition of the Virgin Mary in Fatima—four faithful were massacred during a religious procession in honor of Our Lady at Zimtenga, still in the north of the country.
According to the Burkinabe National News Agency, the attackers stopped the procession. “They let the minors go, executed four adults, and destroyed the statue of the Virgin,” says a witness.
Spared for several years by the Jihadist groups present in the Sahel, since 2015, the country has faced repeated deadly attacks. On the ground, security forces are struggling to stem the rise of Islamic terrorism.
“A tangle of problematic ties to jihadism, to social tensions, politics and economics destabilizes the country: Burkina seems to take the path of Mali,” says Jérôme Nilo Pigné, president and co-founder of Reseau, the strategic thinking network on Security in the Sahel. It should be noted that Burkina Faso ranks 14th among the poorest countries in the world, and Mali is 21st. This pauperism is the bed of revolutionary and violent movements, and earthly messiahs.
The bishop of Kaya, whose diocese was twice bereaved in the space of 48 hours, lucidly summarizes the situation: “it is a declared war against Jesus Christ.”