Deadly attack against a Catholic church in Burkina Faso


Today, Essakane-Village, in the department of Dori, in the northeast of Burkina Faso, is the scene of an unprecedented tragedy. A terrorist attack of rare violence hit the Catholic Church, causing the death of at least 15 worshipers and injuring 2 other people.

The attackers, whose identity remains unknown, deliberately targeted the faithful gathered for Sunday mass. In opening fire on the assembly, they sowed terror before set fire to the church, leaving behind a picture of destruction and desolation.

The reactions were not long in coming. Pope Francis strongly condemned the heinous act, calling for prayers for the victims. On the national level, the President of Burkina Faso, Ibrahim Traoré, established a deuil national of three days as a sign of solidarity with the affected families. Likewise, the European Union expressed its strong condemnation of this barbaric attack, sending its condolences to the relatives of the victims.

This tragic event takes place in a context of persistent violence in Burkina Faso since 2015. Jihadist groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State continue to sow terror in several regions of the country, causing considerable human and material losses. .

In response to this attack, the Burkinabè authorities have committed to strengthening security in places of worship, aware of the constant threat weighing on innocent populations. The international community is called upon to support Burkina Faso in its fierce fight against terrorism, in order to preserve peace and stability in the region.

Crucial questions remain unanswered: who are those responsible for this despicable attack and what are their motivations? How can authorities better protect citizens in the face of this growing threat?

In a country already facing poverty and geographic isolation, the fight against terrorism represents a major challenge requiring a resolute and coordinated response on a national and international scale.