Pastor Mamadou Karambiri and his wife recently attended an international Christian conference in France. Unfortunately, they, in addition to a number of other delegates, became infected with coronavirus during the conference.
They tested negative for COVID-19 while in France, so were allowed to return home. They were back in Burkina Faso for a week before developing symptoms.
This situation has caused an increase in Christian persecution, with Christians being accused of bringing coronavirus to Burkina Faso.
This recent targeted opposition is in addition to increased levels of violent attacks in the small African nation. According to statistics released by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Database (ACLED), Burkina Faso has seen a rise of 650 percent in civilian deaths due to conflict in the past year. Such a large jump in attacks is directly attributable to large movements by jihadist groups south from Mali.
Christians in Burkina Faso are feeling particularly scared, as many attacks have targeted their community. Christians make up only about 20% of the total population, but dozens of them have been killed in execution style attacks in or around church functions and buildings.
Sources: VOM Partners, International Christian Concern
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