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Rep. Bass Statement on the Massacre in Northern Burkina Faso

June 7, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following Statement:

“I am outraged by the recent massacre that has taken place in a village in Burkina Faso’s volatile north near the borders of Mali and Niger. There are reports that at least 160 people including numerous children, have been killed in the deadliest attack in the country since 2015. Since 2015, the Government of Burkina Faso has struggled to combat violent extremist groups including the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM) and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (EIGS). Terrorists in the region have killed over 1000 civilians, and more than one million people have been displaced after their homes were set on fire. There are too many innocent people dying and being displaced at the hands of violent extremism linked to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State who specifically target civilians and soldiers. I stand with the people of Burkina Faso as they mourn those lost due to this heinous attack, and urge the international community to increase support to the region in the fight against violent extremism.”