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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Waters Statement on the Large Number of Nigerians Slaughtered in Baga by Boko Haram

January 13, 2015
Press Release

Waters Statement on the Large Number of Nigerians Slaughtered in Baga by Boko Haram

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters issued the following statement today on the terrorist attacks in Baga, Borno of Nigeria by terrorist organization Boko Haram. Up to possibly 2,000 civilians were murdered over several days of violent attacks:

"At least 150 and potentially 2,000 Nigerian civilians were massacred and more than 30,000 displaced as a result of a takeover of the city of Baga by Boko Haram, representing possibly the deadliest series of attacks the region has ever experienced at the hands of a terrorist organization. This tragedy underscores, now more than ever, that Nigerian authorities and international partners must escalate efforts to reign in the appalling acts of this terrorist group.

"I hope in the challenging weeks ahead, this latest atrocity in Nigeria will galvanize the international community, as it has been galvanized in the wake of the terrorist attacks in France, to take swift action and ensure a swift response to protect innocent lives from these extremist groups."