Africtivistes ‘outrage’ over Mali attacks

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Africa Cyber Activists for Democracy (Africtivistes) said they are “outraged by the deadly attacks that stir up hatred and sow terror among communities” that have always lived together in peace and solidarity in Mali.

In a statement released from the Senegalese capital, Dakar, the continental civil society group’s President, Cheikh Fall said: “We condemn these crimes and emphasise the fundamental rights of all ethnic groups to life and the protection of their States.”

Below is the full text of the Statement:

“Dakar, 26 mars 2019

On March 23rd, 2019, at least 134 people, including women and children, were massacred in a Fulani village in Ogossagou, Mali.

We Africtivistes are deeply concerned by the scale of the massacre perpetrated on 23 March 2019 against the Fulani (Peulh) communities in Mali and similar violence previously recorded in Burkina Faso. Such inhuman crimes are cruel acts that can undermine social cohesion between the various communities that live in these two countries and the West Africa sub-region.

We condemn these crimes and emphasise the fundamental rights of all ethnic groups to life and the protection of their States.

Africtivistes are outraged by these deadly attacks that stir up hatred and sow terror among communities that have always lived together in peace, solidarity and respect for their diversity.

No citizen or particular group should be discriminated against and, above all, targeted for violence because of their ethnicity - anywhere and more so in their own country.

We cannot simply stop at expressing emotion and pain for such a tragedy in West Africa. We ask that investigation into these heinous crimes be carried out, that the perpetrators be arrested, brought to book and sanctioned accordingly.

We call on governments, political leaders, the various communities, citizens and peoples of the sub-region to act responsibly to promote human dignity, human rights, cohesion, living together and social peace. This is a sad moment to demonstrate our commitment and determination to curb hatred and to fight against any form of segregation between brothers and sisters of the same Nation.

Africtivistes are extremely concerned about the contagious and repetitive nature of these killings and the impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators. These conflicts must be urgently and definitively resolved given that the West African region is under terrorist threat.

We would like to express our sincere condolences and compassion to the bereaved families and to all those affected by the many tragedies in Mali and Burkina Faso. May our peoples have the strength to overcome these trials.