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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Statement on Killing of 22 People in the Central African Republic

April 28, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC--Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement after the killing 22 people, which included 15 tribal chiefs and three members of Doctors Without Borders, in the town of Nanga in the Central African Republic: 

"I am shocked and saddened by the brutal deaths, which included fifteen Central African tribal leaders and three people who were working as part of the venerated organization Doctors Without Borders, and I would like to convey my deepest sympathy to the bereaved families of those who lost their lives. These tribal leaders and medical professionals were in a clinic, which should be revered as neutral territory.

"Whoever is responsible must be held accountable. I call on Seleka forces to immediately halt these attacks. It is time for Seleka and anti-balaka forces to put down their arms and begin working for peace.
"I traveled to the Central African Republic earlier this month, and I saw firsthand the refugee camps and the people whom the violence has displaced. Too many Central Africans have been killed or forced to leave from their homes."