Why kidnappers in West Africa now target women – DW – 01/20/2023

At least fifty women in two localities, north and west of the town of Arbinda, in Burkina Faso’s northern region, were kidnapped by Jihadistsjust last week, local authorities confirmed. Search operations were launched to find the victims amid global condemnation, but there has been no sign of their release.

The UN human rights chief Volker Turk said he was shocked that women were becoming targets for these terrorists.

“I am alarmed that dozens of women out to search for food for their families were abducted in broad daylight, in what could be the first such attack deliberately targeting women in Burkina Faso,” Turk said.

The president of Burkina Faso’s transitional government, Captain Ibrahim Traore, also described the incident as a new strategy by the terrorists.

“On the…

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