The tweet of Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights UN condemnation followed General Secretary António Guterres of the terrorist attack in northern Burkina Faso, which also reportedly resulted in the deaths of seven children and hundreds of displaced people.
#Burkina Faso: We call for the protection of civilians following the terrible attack that killed at least 132 civilians on 5 June and forced almost 800 people to displace. We also stress the need to put human rights at the center of all efforts to counter violent extremism.
– UN Human Rights (@ UN Human Rights) June 7, 2021
The indignation, reported by the government, is one of the deadliest in recent years in the West African nation, where three days of mourning are underway.
Reports indicate that unidentified assailants initially targeted a gold mine near a village in Yagha province near the Niger border before attacking the community market.
In a message released by his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres condemned the “unacceptable human cost” of the accident; he also stressed the “urgent need” to double support for member states fighting the growing threat of violent extremism across the Sahel.
Echoing this appeal, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, reaffirmed UN solidarity with the government and people of Burkina Faso and their efforts to combat terrorism and consolidate peace and development.
“Security incidents, attacks and kidnappings are a daily reality for millions of civilians,” OCHA said in a recent online update of the situation, which highlighted how communities “are trapped between armed groups, intercommunal violence and military operations that seriously affect their access to basic services, social services, livelihoods and assistance ”.
The United Nations Humanitarian Office noticed that more than 1.1 million people are now displaced in Burkina Faso, where conflicts and violence continue to force people to leave their homes since the beginning of the year, particularly in the Sahel and Central-North regions.
In April, clashes between armed groups and security forces, as well as attacks on communities and looting, also reached the northern and eastern regions, causing further displacement and nearly 26,000 new displaced persons in March.
Highlighting the growing threat of violent extremists in Central African nations, OCHA noted that violent attacks in the Lake Chad region tripled between 2015 and 2020.