In the Sahel, the Bishops Denounce the Vicious Spiral of Terror

June 30, 2019

The Conference of Bishops of Burkina-Niger has denounced the terrorism that has hit their countries for several years, during the plenary assembly held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from June 10-15, 2019.

“Consternation,” “desolation”—the terms of the final communiqué of the bishops of Burkina Faso and Niger, published on June 15, 2019, have a particularly dramatic emphasis this year.

The Bishops’ Conference vigorously denounces a “vicious spiral of terror,”—massacres, destruction, robbery, and desecration.

The murderous actions of armed Islamist groups have caused the exodus of about 150,000 people in northern Burkina, while in neighboring Niger, they have counted at least 70,000 persons displaced.

The bishops warn that these deportations of populations forced to abandon their fields and their means of subsistence, bring back the specter of a new extended famine.