Bishop Théophile Nare , Bishop of Kaya, in the north of Burkina Faso has denounced the kidnapping of the American nun Suellen Tennyson , 83 years old, at the hands of unidentified armed men.
“On the night of April 4, armed men broke into the religious community of the Yalgo parish, in the Diocese of Kaya , and kidnapped Sister Suellen Tennyson of the Congregation of the Marian Sisters of the Holy Cross ”, the Bishop said in a statement.
“Sister Suellen Tennyson was taken to an unknown destination by her captors who, before leaving, They destroyed the rooms of the place and damaged the community vehicle that they also tried to take away.”
The statement asks for prayers for the prompt release of Sister Suellen and for “the investigations that are being carried out to find her to be successful.” The prelate of Kaya also offers his prayers for the other religious of the congregation and the faithful of the Yalgo parish, “We also pray for his sisters, for his congregation and for the pastoral agents and the faithful of the Yalgo parish, located 110 kilometers from Kaya, capital of the north central region”.
This is not the first time that armed men belonging to extremist groups such as the Islamic State have attacked members of the Church in Burkina Faso. In February of this year, some 30 armed jihadists attacked a minor seminary where 140 young people are trained, in the Diocese of Fada N’Gourma, in the eastern part of the country.