Fulani Christian deputy mayor gunned down, witness kidnapped in Mali

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A Fulani Christian was murdered by six gunmen on Thursday 17 November. Moussa, who was active as an evangelist, was travelling between Douenzta and Kerana, just north of the border with Burkina Faso, when he was attacked. A witness to the killing was kidnapped by the attackers and has not been seen since.

Christians in Mali, affected by instability in the country and food insecurity, receiving humanitarian aid provided by Barnabas Fund (project reference 34-1181)
Christians in Mali, affected by instability in the country and food insecurity, receiving humanitarian aid provided by Barnabas Fund

Moussa, deputy mayor of Kerana, was on his way to a political campaign when he was killed. In the lead-up to elections in Mali on Sunday 20 November, threats were made against those, including Christians, who might not vote “correctly”. It is yet to be established whether this had anything to do with Moussa’s murder. He leaves a wife, eight children and seven grandchildren.

The Fulani are an ethnic group primarily based in West Africa. Traditionally pastoralist and semi-nomadic, the group are largely Islamic, though a tiny minority are Christian.

Moussa was killed on the same day that the Institute for Economics and Peace released the latest Global Terrorism Index (GTI). The report found that 23 countries, including Mali, recorded their highest number of deaths from terrorism in 2015. The country, which is predominantly Muslim (around 95%), has a Christian population of around 2.5%.

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