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Rep. Bass Statement on Kidnapping of U.S. Citizen in Niger

October 27, 2020
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement after news broke that a missionary who is a United States citizen had been kidnapped in Niger.

“I am deeply concerned for the safety of the American citizen who has been kidnapped in Niger. The safety of American citizens abroad is one of our top priorities and I urge the Government of Niger to do all that they can to work toward returning him to safety. The Sahel region has been grappling with increased violence over the past years. The United States must continue to support our African partners as they beat back rising insecurity and attack the root causes of attacks in the area. United States support is critical to ensure we keep those working in the region safe.”