This week on Christmas Eve terrorists struck Burkina Faso once again. Thirty-five civilians died. Thirty-one of the victims were women. In addition to thirty-five dead civilians, seven members of the security forces were also killed. A reported 80 extremist attackers were killed.
Heightened security among attendees was present at Catholic Churches across the country on Christmas Day. Church leaders encouraged congregants to not carry large bags and maintain their vigilance against would-be terrorist attackers.
Learn the background to what is occurring in Burkina Faso and the wider Sahel region:
More than half a million people in Burkina Faso are displaced by terrorist violence. Another 16,000 people have fled across the country’s border to escape the violence. There were 136 terrorist attacks in the country in 2018. This number rose in 2019. Most of these attacks are believed to be from ISIS and al Qaeda groups in the region.