Extremists Responsible For 250 Deaths in Burkina Faso
01/11/2020 Burkina Faso (International Christian Concern) – Islamic extremist groups in Burkina Faso have killed at least 250 civilians since April 2019, according to a new Human Rights Watch report. Burkina Faso is cited as one of the “fastest growing displacement crises” and humanitarian crises.
Across 20 attacks since April, the report recognized at least 256 Burkinabe citizens who were killed. Most of the attackers are linked to al-Qaeda including Ansaroul Islam and the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.
Victims of violence are often those living in farming communities. Most of the attacks are concentrated in the northern regions of Burkina Faso, extremist groups are attempting recruiting efforts among the Fulani herdsmen, pushing the violence to reflect growing country-wide concerns. The victims were often gunned down in association with Christianity, the Burkinabe government, or the West.
The head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is reported as saying, “the situation is really unprecedented for Burkina Faso. The impact on the affected population has been quite severe, and the number of people in need of assistance has grown rapidly over the course of the year”. It is expected that the numbers and scale of crisis will continue to increase in 2020.
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