Widow of slain American missionary headed back to Africa

Amy Riddering, center, widow of Michael Riddering, an American missionary, killed by al-Qaida fighters in Africa last month, smiles as her brother-in-law Jeff Riddering relates a story about him during a news conference at the Hollywood Community Church, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 (AP)

The widow of an American missionary killed by al-Qaida fighters in Africa last month says she has no hesitation about returning.

Amy Riddering told a news conference Friday that she will return this month to Burkina Faso and the orphanage and women's center she ran with Michael Riddering. She said she believes that is God's plan for her.

The 45-year-old Riddering died along with 29 others Jan. 15 during an attack on a hotel and cafe. He was the only American to die in the attack that targeted Westerners in the former French colony's capital.

He had run a yacht outfitting company before he and his wife, a graphic designer, sold their possessions in 2011 to move to Burkina Faso, where their facility houses about 40 children. He was buried there.

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