Burkina Faso News

  • Militants Kill At Least 15 Worshippers
    A simple cross sits in the ground with buildings in the background.
    Photo: Wikimedia / MartinGrandjean (cc)

    At least 15 worshippers were killed when gunmen attacked a Catholic church in the village of Essakane, Burkina Faso, on February 25th. The assailants are believed to be Islamic militants who have been causing havoc throughout the country and surrounding nations. 

  • Boarding School Attacked by Jihadists
    Pro-coup demonstration - Photo: VOA
    Pro-coup demonstration in Ouagadougou.
    Photo: Voice of America

    For several years, Burkina Faso has faced civil unrest, particularly due to al-Qaeda and Islamic State factions. Dissatisfaction over the government's lack of response to the jihadist crisis has led to mounting tensions which ultimately brought about a military coup on January 23rd.

  • Christians on Blacklist
    Man standing by burned out bus. - Photo: VOM Poland
    Photo: The Voice of the Martyrs Poland

    More than 130 civilians in Burkina Faso were indiscriminately slaughtered during an overnight raid on Yagha village on June 4th. Although no particular group has claimed responsibility for this most recent attack, government officials believe the devastating invasion was the work of one of several Islamic jihadist groups operating in the area.

  • Christians Blamed for Virus
    Doctor holding a medical face mask - Photo: Unsplash / Ashkan Forouzani

    In mid-February, Pastor Mamadou Karambiri attended a conference in France, along with his wife. Unfortunately, a number of delegates unknowingly became infected by the COVID-19 virus while there. After testing negative in France, they were allowed to return to their home country where they developed symptoms, becoming the first confirmed cases in Burkina Faso. At last report, the couple had been placed in quarantine.