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“We Found Their Bodies Later That Day”

Summary Atrocities by armed Islamist groups active in Burkina Faso and by the Burkinabè security forces in the course of counterterrorism operations have significantly increased since mid-2018, according to recent studies and other sources, leaving scores dead, and forcing tens of thousands of villagers to flee their homes. While the violence and insecurity have spread throughout the country, the epicenter of abuse and insecurity remains the northern Sahel region, which borders Mali and Niger.  Burkina Faso has been grappling with armed Islamist insurgent groups since the emergence in 2016 of Ansaroul…

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