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Burkina Faso: Armed Islamist Atrocities Surge

Expand Map of atrocities in Burkina Faso.  2019 John Emerson for Human Rights Watch (New York) – Armed Islamist groups in Burkina Faso have committed targeted attacks and summary executions that have killed over 250 civilians since April 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Witnesses said that assailants sought to justify killings by linking victims to the government, the West, or Christian beliefs. A surge in attacks in recent months have caused hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee their homes.  The armed Islamist groups responsible for the attacks began operating in neighboring Mali…

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