Many Questions Follow Burkina Faso Coup

Image courtesy of The Voice of the Martyrs USA.

Land borders remain closed in Burkina Faso following Monday’s military coup. It’s the region’s third ouster in the past 18 months.

Air borders reopened on Tuesday, while a nightly curfew remains in place. After kidnapping the president and dissolving the government, soldiers now face condemnation and possible sanctions from the global community.

“There was great frustration with President Kabore and his inability to stop the attacks from radical Muslims in Burkina Faso, particularly in the northern part of the country,” Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs USA says.

“There is the perception that, perhaps, the military can stop those attacks and keep radical Muslim terrorists from coming into the country.”

Approximately 1.4 million people fled extremist violence in recent years, making Burkina Faso host one of the world’s largest displacement crises. More than 17,500 people fled to neighboring countries in the past year alone, nearly doubling the total number of Burkinabe refugees and asylum-seekers.

See how VOM USA helps persecuted Christians in Burkina Faso. Extremists frequently target believers during their attacks, killing Gospel workers and torching churches.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray God will bring peace and restoration to Burkina Faso.
  • Pray for stability, and that events in Burkina Faso will not become violent.
  • Pray people will see believers’ peace during these tumultuous times. Pray for Gospel opportunities.
  • Pray that God will change the hearts of Islamists, converting them like the Apostle Paul.