According to local sources, terrorists abducted Yougbare – who was a member of  Saatenga parish in Fada Gourma, Burkina Faso – along with other people. 

María Lozano, press and public relations director of ACN International, expressed great grief over the tragedy: “We are heartbroken by the loss of Yougbare. He served his community faithfully and his death is a devastating blow for the people of Saatenga. Catechists in Burkina Faso are on the front lines, risking their lives for the good of their people. Just two months ago, another catechist was murdered in the Diocese of Dori while leading a Sunday celebration in a chapel.”

John Pontifex, Head of Press and Public Affairs of Aid to the Church in Need, stated: “Edouard gave his life on the front line of persecution. He is a martyr who offered his life for God and in service of his community. At a time when Burkina Faso has become one of the world’s worst hotspots of persecution, where nobody can feel truly safe, we at Aid to the Church in Need stand in solidarity with all those suffering.”

The situation has severely deteriorated in Burkina Faso in the past few years, as Jihadist extremists control around 40% of West Africa, and they primarily target Christians. For instance, 15 Christians were killed and two others injured when terrorists attacked a church in February. More than two million people have been displaced in the ongoing military conflict.