Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 30, 2023 / 08:27 am
A missionary priest working in one of the most dangerous countries in the world said this month that “immense” work from religious leaders and mediators is needed to heal the “physical and psychological” damage wrought by years of anti-Christian Islamic violence there.
Father Pierre Rouamba, the prior-general of the French-founded Missionary Brothers of the Countryside, told Aid to the Church in Need that his group has been working at “systematically opening doors to the Gospel” in West Africa, including Burkina Faso, where the religious order’s regional headquarters are located.
Burkina Faso is known for its sky-high crime rates, much of it driven by Islamic terrorism and anti-Christian violence. The online data website World Population Review lists the country as among the top 20 most dangerous in the world.
Rouamba said Christians in Burkina Faso “are affected on a daily basis by the appalling actions of Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.”