The Egyptian Coalition for Human Rights and Development condemns an attack carried out by terrorist groups suspected of being jihadists, in the village of Kogasablogo, located near Bolsa, the largest city in Namentanga State (central northern Burkina Faso), on Friday, 7/9/2023, which resulted in the deaths of 18 civilians, including 16 volunteers supporting the Burkinabe army, in addition to the death of two civilians. The attackers burned houses, vehicles and motorcycles, in addition to the market. A second attack took place on the same day in the Fou area of Hoit province (western Burkina Faso), killing four volunteers from the village of Kibani. The Phu region has been suffering from repeated jihadist attacks for weeks.
Since 2015, Burkina Faso has been suffering from escalating jihadist violence, which has resulted in more than 10,000 civilian and military deaths, and has also displaced more than two million people.
The Egyptian Coalition for Human Rights and Development condemns this brutal and constantly escalating terrorism by terrorist jihadist groups on Burkina Faso, which leads to the claim of thousands of lives, hundreds of wounded, and forcing millions to flee and leave their homes, which indicates the clear denial and destruction of human rights and the violation of international laws and norms on human rights, as many suffer from the wider impact of terrorism on their lives, livelihoods, stability and security; and human suffering, which could plunge a State emerging from war once again into the depths of conflict, because of the grave threats to international peace and security and destabilization of Africa and the region as a whole..
The Egyptian Coalition for Human Rights and Development also stresses that combating terrorism in African countries requires effective multilateral responses, and giving countries all the necessary means to confront the terrorist attacks in the country. It is necessary for the international community to stand in solidarity and address the instability and conflict that lead to terrorism in the first place, as well as the conditions that terrorists exploit in pursuit of their agendas, as defeating terrorism in Africa is essential to cut off the way of its spread in other regions. This solidarity will be useless if It is not based on a new perspective for achieving and maintaining peace by drawing a more vibrant and less bureaucratic model; because traditional mechanisms to respond to threats to peace and to maintain and build peace are no longer able to confront terrorism.