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Dogon village

A hundred dead in a ravaged Dogon village

For several months, the center of Mali is plagued by intercommunal violence. During an attack in the night from Sunday to Monday, a hundred people were killed in a Dogon village.

This attack follows the massacre, on March 23, of about 160 Fulani by suspected Dogon hunters in this region close to the border with Burkina Faso, which has become the most violent in the country.

95 dead and 19 missing

“Gunmen, suspected of being terrorists, launched a deadly assault on the peaceful village of Sobame Da”, also known as Sobane-Kou, in Sangha commune, Mopti region, said the government, which reports “95 dead and 19 missing, several animals slaughtered and homes burned.”

“It’s a shock, a tragedy”, told AFP the head of the UN Mission in Mali (Minusma), Mahamat Saleh Annadif.

From his side, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is “outraged by reports that at least 95 civilians, including women and children, have been killed and many injured” following the attack.

In Mali, despite the signing in 2015 of a peace agreement meant to permanently isolate jihadists, whole areas are beyond the control of the Malian, French and UN forces. Since 2015, violence has spread from the north to the center, and sometimes to the south. It is very often related to inter-community conflicts, a phenomenon that also affects neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.

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