Day 8

DECEMBER | 2022

Burkina Faso

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Burkina Faso has descended into chaos. Several weeks after the second military coup took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the people continue to be skeptical about the country’s future, particularly with respect to Christians greatly at risk. The jihadists are spreading terror. Many people are fleeing, leaving their fields and harvests behind unprotected, leaving more and more territory to be taken by the militants. According to official statistics, by the end of June 40 percent of the country was in the hands of the terrorists. The attacks are increasingly being directed against Christians. In some cases, they not only burn down the church building, but also destroy the crosses as a demonstration of their intention to wipe out the Christian faith. Pray for the 1.7 million internally displaced persons. Pray that the dramatic rise in terrorism will be stopped and the mighty hand of God will thrash the enemy (The Bible, Psalm 143:12).

Source:

https://www.churchinneed.org/terrorism-gains-ground-in-burkina-faso-targeting-priests-and-religious/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Burkina Faso stays in 32nd position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba is the interim president. sworn in on 16 February. On March 1, 2022. Burkina Faso is Africa’s fourth largest gold producer. It has so much potential, but the country also has the world’s fourth-lowest rating on the UN’s human development index. The country continues to struggle economically as well as with corruption. Disease, malnutrition, and low education levels are major issues. Freedom does exist in religion. In the Sahel region, Islamist extremist groups have a huge and growing influence. Jihadist violence has been rapidly increasing in recent years and militants have taken control of large parts of the eastern region. This has led to numerous attacks on Churches and hundreds of Church closures.

CHIEF OF STATE
Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
HEAD OF GOV.
Paul Kaba Thieba
POPULATION
18,932,000
CHRISTIANS
20.2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
9.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
32
REFUGEES
32,097
LIFE EXPECTANCY
55.86 yrs
LITERACY RATE
28.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
46.7%