Pastor Says Christian Community is ‘Troubled and Filled With Pain’ After Attack on Burkina Faso Church That Killed 14 People

The Christian community in Burkina Faso is mourning the deaths of 14 people killed in a church attack on Sunday. 

The attack happened at a church in the village of Hantoukoura, in the eastern part of the country, during the Sunday service.

Pastor Samuel Sawadogo, who cares for displaced Christians in the city of Kaya, spoke of the pain felt by the churchgoing community in the West African country.

“We don’t know who the attackers are,” he told Open Doors, which has been supporting Christians in the region with persecution preparedness training and trauma care.

“All we know is that they attack Christians. We are troubled and filled with pain over the deaths of our family members.”

The gun attack is “just the latest in a wave of Christian persecution in the West African nation,” Open Doors said.

The Christian charity puts the number of Christians killed in attacks in Burkina Faso so far this year at 41. An unknown number of pastors and their families have been abducted.

Christians make up around a quarter of the population in Burkina Faso, which until recently, had enjoyed relatively peaceful interreligious and interethnic relations.

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SOURCE: Christian Today