American nun, 83, kidnapped in Burkina Faso by gunmen

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An 83-year-old Catholic nun from New Orleans working as a missionary in Burkina Faso has been kidnapped, based on the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

A gaggle of “unidentified armed men” kidnaped Sr. Suellen Tennyson of the Marianites of Holy Cross congregation in a single day from a parish in Yalgo between April 4 and 5 and introduced her to an unknown location, the archdiocese mentioned, citing Bishop Theophile Nare of the Kaya Diocese.

The kidnapers vandalized the convent the place Tennyson lived with different non secular girls, based on the archdiocese.

Sr. Suellen Tennyson 

Sr. Suellen Tennyson 
(New Orleans Catholic Archdiocese)

She had been working as a missionary within the nation since 2014.

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“Until the search for her is successful, we remain in communion of prayer for the release of Sr. Suellen Tennyson,” Bishop Nare mentioned in a press release.

Burkina Faso on map of Northern Africa

Burkina Faso on map of Northern Africa
(Google Maps)

The State Division informed Each day Put up Digital in a press release that it’s “aware of reports of a U.S. citizen missing in Burkina Faso.”

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“U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou is working diligently with local authorities and is monitoring the situation. We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance,” the company mentioned.

Marianite congregational chief Sister Ann Lacour launched a press release saying the congregation is “praying for Sr. Suellen’s safety and for her release from her captives.”

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“Let us pray too for all impacted by the actions of this group, particularly our sisters who witnessed the vandalism and kidnapping. We are in touch with governmental leaders who have pledged to keep us informed as they learn more,” Lacour mentioned.
 

An Ivorian soldier provides security on arrival of Ivorian Prime Minister Patrick Achi at the launch of a vast aid plan for young people in regions bordering Mali and Burkina Faso where jihadist groups are trying to recruit, in Tougbo, on January 22, 2022.

An Ivorian soldier gives safety on arrival of Ivorian Prime Minister Patrick Achi on the launch of an unlimited help plan for younger folks in areas bordering Mali and Burkina Faso the place jihadist teams are attempting to recruit, in Tougbo, on January 22, 2022.
(Sia KAMBOU / AFP)

The Archdiocese of New Orleans will proceed to supply updates on Tennyson’s disappearance as extra info turns into obtainable.

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Burkina Faso has been going through rising violence amid political crises and the rise of extremist teams. Yalgo borders the Soum province, the place armed guards “are particularly active” and “attacks against civilians have increased according to reports,” the archdiocese famous.

Missionaries journey to struggle and poverty-stricken areas world wide on behalf of their non secular institutions to supply companies to communities and educate faith.

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