Premier | Sept. 18, 2019
According to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), 2,000 villagers from Hitté and Rounga in Burkina Faso’s Loroum Province, fled their homes following violent attacks by Islamist extremists earlier this month.
Speaking about the attack on Hitté, ACN’s source said: “At the beginning of September, 16 men arrived in the village, intercepting the villagers who were returning from the fields.
“Some of the men forced the people to enter the church where they threatened the Christians and ordered them to leave their homes in the next three days, while others set fire to whatever they found in their path. Now Hitté is empty of any Christians and any catechumens.”
7,000 people reportedly sought shelter in the provinces’ capital, Titao.