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Interreligious dialogue can help resolve insecurity in the Sahel

The Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo who is also President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has said that interreligious dialogue and Western nations stopping arms shipments to Africa, especially the troubled Sahel region, would go a long way in resolving insecurity concerns. Africa’s Sahel region, especially Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Chad have been on the receiving end of recurrent terrorist attacks by jihadist groups.


“Interreligious dialogue holds a special place in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel. It is a major pivot in resolving terrorists’ attacks in the Sahel region in particular and Africa in general,” said the SECAM President, Cardinal Ouédraogo, this week.

He continued, “Interreligious dialogue constitutes the focus of our pastoral work where the different religious confessions, Muslim, Protestant, Catholic, the traditional African religions -whose customary chiefs are essentially its supporters, come together to reflect on the issues of terrorism,” explained Cardinal Ouédraogo. He was speaking on the sidelines of SECAM’s Standing Committee meeting in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

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