Christians in the West African nation of Burkina Faso are hoping a recent military coup will change their lives for the better.
The military seized power over the government’s failure to crack down on Islamic insurgents.
Christian persecution watchdog Open Doors claims they’ve been waging a terror campaign across the region in a bid to create a caliphate.
The Muslim militants include Islamic State fighters forced out of Syria and Iraq.
Open Doors analyst Illia Djadi says Christians have been the main targets of bombings, burnings, killings and kidnappings.
He told Christian Today the insurgents have driven all believers out of northern Burkina Faso, and closed all churches and schools.
Locals became so fed-up with the government’s failure to end the violence, they burned down their President’s party headquarters.
Soldiers then seized control of the country.