Matthias and his wife are part of the traditional royal family of northern Burkina Faso.
Several years ago, they placed their faith in Christ and became involved in Christian ministry, which displeased the royal family as they are animists. Consequently, Mathias and family were no longer permitted to cultivate village land but were forced to farm some distance away.
At the beginning of 2019, Islamic extremists began indiscriminately attacking villages in northern Burkina Faso, causing many people to flee south. Matthias and his family decided to stay to help protect the area and encourage those who remained.
One day, while working in their field, Matthias and his then pregnant wife heard jihadists attacking their village. Knowing that they are widely identified as Christians and that they would be killed if caught, they fled to the nearest city. They left with only what they had in their hands; the distant location of the field had saved their lives.
They now reside in the capital of Burkina Faso but, as well-known Christians, their lives are still in danger. Regardless, they are helping other Christians in need. They hope to someday return to their home.
With continuing attacks, the whole country is at risk of continued growth of Islamic extremism and violence.
With thousands of people displaced, the country is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. The global pandemic reached Burkina Faso earlier this year and has compounded the problem.
So far this year, with the help of our supporters, Voice of the Martyrs has assisted more than 8,000 displaced persons by providing food and hygiene products.
“This is a great joy to me. For those who showed us mercy in our suffering, those who sent us this help, we say – thank you. May God grant you the desires of your heart. We can’t stop thanking you for what you have done in Jesus’ name.” – Bridgette, an aid recipient
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