Burkina Faso: Baptism party attacked, killing 15

May 22, 2021

About 30% of the population of Burkina Faso is Christian, with two-thirds of these being Roman Catholic. Like Christians in other African countries, the Christians of Burkina Faso are increasingly threatened. As the targeting of Christians escalates in Central and West Africa, the central governments of the nations involved, including Burkina Faso, are either too weak, too indifferent, or both to do anything serious to stop it. If this situation continues, Christianity will be eradicated from Central Africa. 

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Burkina Faso, see here.

“Baptism party attacked in northern Burkina Faso, killing 15,” by Sam Mednick, Associated Press, May 19, 2021:

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists attacked a baptism party in northern Burkina Faso, killing at least 15 people and sending terrified civilians fleeing to other towns, authorities said Wednesday.

The attack took place Tuesday near the town of Tin-Akoff, according to Salfo Kabore, the governor of Sahel region. It is the fourth attack against civilians this month in the commune, according to an internal security report for aid workers….

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the internal security report viewed by The Associated Press blamed extremists linked to the Islamic State group.

Violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State extremists has left thousands dead in the West African nation over the last several years. In recent weeks, attacks have spiked in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region and in the country’s east….

The violence has displaced more than 1 million people, and aid groups say it’s also brought tens of thousands to the brink of starvation by disrupting aid operations to those in need.

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said earlier this month it was “deeply concerned by the humanitarian consequences” of violence that displaced more than 17,500 people in a 10-day period.

Observers expressed alarm that Tuesday’s attack took place in an area where international and regional armed forces are actively trying to stop jihadist violence….