Christians Burkina Faso in Africa were slain by the Islamic extremists for wear chain with crosses.
The four Christians were purposely singled out from others and were executed because of the crucifixes.
According to CBNNEWS.COM Bishop Laurent Birfuoré Dabiré of the Diocese of Dori in the northeast of Burkina Faso spoke to the aid organization about the dire situation Christians are facing in the West African country.
“It happened in the neighboring Diocese of Ouahigouya, the bishop recounted, “when the residents of the village of Bani were gathered together. The Islamists arrived and forced everybody to lie face down on the ground. Then they searched them. Four people were wearing crucifixes. So they killed them because they were Christians. After murdering them, the Islamists warned all the other villagers that if they did not convert to Islam they, too, would be killed.”
Over 20 Christians have been murdered by the extremists in 2019 making it the first attack against Christian this year.
It has become so dangerous for believers there that Bishop Dabiré said, “If the world continues to do nothing, the result will be the elimination of the Christian presence in this area and quite possibly, in future, from the entire country.”
The Bishop, however appealed to the international community to protect their fellow brothers in the faith over the attack and prevent the extremist from getting help from foreign country.
“The weapons they are using were not made here in Africa,” Dabiré noted. “They have rifles, machine guns and so much ammunition, more than the Burkina Faso army has at its disposal. When they come to the villages they shoot for hours. Who is supplying them with these resources? If they were not getting this support from outside, they would have to stop. That’s why I’m appealing to the international authorities. Whoever has the power to do so, may they put a stop to all this violence!”
As days goes by, the persecution in west Africa is becoming alarming for the past years including the Boko Haram Insurgent in the northern part of Nigeria. Only 20 percent of the population in West Africa are Christians while over 60 percent are Muslims.
Bishop Dabiré also expresses his opinion on young Muslims joining the Jihadist group.
He said: “They include youths who have joined the jihadists because they have no money, no work, and no prospects, but there are also radicalized elements who are involved in these movements which they see as the expression of their Islamic faith.”