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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Reps. Bass Statement on Cameroonian Kidnapping

November 6, 2018
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat serving on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement following reports that more than 70 children were kidnapped in Cameroon.

“Kidnapping should always be condemned, especially if it involves more than 70 children. 

“Last night, armed separatists kidnapped 79 students and three staff from a Presbyterian boarding school in Cameroon’s Northwest anglophone region. This is the most recent example of how citizens, especially children, are increasingly the ones who suffer the most from terrorist activity. 

“In the wake of President Biya’s re-election to serve a seventh term, we are at a critical moment for him to work towards a nonviolent solution to the conflict in the anglophone region.”