PRESS RELEASE: U.S. Condemns Killing of School Children

Saturday, October 24, 2020

The U.S. Embassy condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s shooting at Mother Francisca Nursery and Primary School in Kumba, Southwest Region, by armed individuals, which left a number of young children dead and wounded.  We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the children killed, the wounded and their family members, and all others affected by this shocking attack.  We stand with them in this time of grief and express gratitude to all those providing medical care to the wounded.  The heinous, despicable act shows contempt for innocent lives which most represent the hope of a positive future.  The violence must stop now, and children should be allowed to exercise their right to go to school without fear for their safety.  The perpetrators of the attack must be held accountable and be brought to justice.

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