Thursday, January 21, 2016

Renowned artist Leila Alaoui & her driver killed in Burkina Faso hotel terror attack

Leila Alaoui, the 33-year-old French-Moroccan photographer, died on Monday, January 18 as a result of injuries sustained during Friday’s al-Qaeda terrorist attack in Burkina Faso hotel, along with her driver, Mahamadi Ouédraogo, a father of four.

Alaoui was working on assignment on women’s rights issues for Amnesty International. The human rights organisation and French culture and communications minister Fleur Pellerin both confirmed her death. Yves Traore, Director of Amnesty International Burkina Faso, paid tribute to them both. 

"Leila was an extraordinary young woman," Traore said of Alaoui. "We wanted to work with her because of her talent, and her passion for helping women, girls and marginalised people tell their own stories and claim their rights. As a strong woman herself, she wanted to show women as authors of their own destiny, not as victims. We are all devastated by her loss."

Talking of Alaoui’s driver Mahamadi Ouédraogo, Traore said: "Mahamadi was a dedicated, helpful and caring colleague. His warm smile and discretion were a feature of the many Amnesty missions that he accompanied us on over the past seven years. He did more than drive us safely everywhere; he also joined in to help out during mission activities. His death is a huge loss to us all."

Leila was working on assignment for Amnesty International, the celebrated photographer was fatally injured during an al-Qaeda attack on an international hotel in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, on Friday.

Alaoui’s death raises the death toll to 30, of 18 separate nationalities. French and Burkinabe armed forces were forced to storm the hotel and restaurant after the gunmen took 126 people as hostages – they were later freed. The attack marks the biggest terrorist incident in Burkina Faso’s history, and is a major escalation of Islamist militancy in West Africa.

Alaoui and Ouédraogo were parked outside the Cappuccino cafe, opposite the Splendid Hotel – both popular venues for travellers – when the attack occurred. Both were shot multiple times at close range.

Her mother, Christine Alaoui, said her daughter had suffered gunshot wounds to her lung, abdomen, arm, leg and kidney. Alaoui underwent a six-hour operation over the weekend at a local hospital and was expected to be flown back to France soon, but she succumbed to her injuries on Monday night after suffering a heart attack.

Born in Paris in 1982, Alaoui studied photography at City University of New York (CUNY). She lived between her native Morocco and Beirut, Lebanon.

55 comments:

Y.F.C. Omrex said...

Observed, so sad, with all humility and honesty I have feelings for Linda Ikeji and would sincerely wish to meet her in person this year as part of my resolution.

ROYAL PRIESTHOOD said...

RIP

Richmond Ichemati said...

Omg damn!!!









#commonsense

samson adele said...

Eyaah. May their souls rest in. Peace.Amen

JAYZSBOSS said...

Aww.how sad

Chaweetee_Slim said...

Rip

YOUNGBUHARI said...

R.I.P

Slim innocent said...

Rip

marycool said...

Rest In peace dear

Adaobilinda her sexcellency said...

So sad! Rip to them

Juliet Iwuno said...

May the souls of the departed rest in peace. Linda take note!

Andy sneh said...

Sad stories everywhere. RIP

OSINANL said...

Islam is evil

Pesin Pikin said...

Quite a devastating story...why do good people die and the bad ones thrive? May her soul R.I.P

golda awosika said...

Rip






#*karlishah*

queen valdy said...

So sad. Hate to hear of death... SPOKER

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

SO BAD, R.I.P

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

SO BAD, R.I.P

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

SO BAD, R.I.P

Jenny Duby said...

Chei..RIP to them...#Lindaconfirm

ossyd2 osamede said...

God save us from these evil people

Bonita Bislam said...

What a capital tragedy!
Terrorism is a global threat.I wish I can sleep & wake up only to be told the world has evolved.No more terrorism

Ngozi Ebere said...

RIP to the dead

THELMA BLACK said...

RIP.. God knows best

Demmy said...

May dia souls RIP!

So sad!

precious green said...

Is a pity,
RIP

Chuks Bruno said...

So sad this Islamic people their end is so near

chinelo okafor said...

Rip.

Achi Izuegbunem said...

RIP..

Nenyechi said...

Rip

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Phew! May their souls rest in peace.


. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

May their souls rest in peace

funkecrown05@gmail.com said...

Awwwww,so painful, RIP

Fabu Lous said...

So sad. RIP

Luciana Chinda said...

So sad. Rip

Charles Okafor said...

Rip dear...evil piple wil b killed soon, a mata of time... Sad news
























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Bamidele Arinola said...

May her gentle soul rest in peace

Kelechi Parallex said...

RIP to the dead!!

snow white said...

Sad...Rip

Miriam Aguzie said...

Hmmmmm! Na wahooo.#
Lindangwanu#

ed DREAMZ said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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Rip....
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

micheal effiom said...

Rip man

Oluwa Bukola said...

RIP.

Pearlie said...

Ewood. RIP

temitope faizat said...

Rip

Jamila Shaibu said...

So sad! R.I.P

Vivian Reginalds said...

RIP
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

GREAtson Vieriche CJ said...

All those knowledge and beauty wasted by those murderer's. There shall never be peace for they and their generations yet unborn.

Eric Nesty aka LIB'S FINEST said...

R.I.P to dem

#FINEST

udeh martha said...

RIP

Angel Makiz said...

RIP...angelmakiz@yahoo.com

Tamara Afekuro said...

RIP ...


#Lindaseemeoh#
#Godchaser#

izy 2 nv said...

RIP TO BOTH OF U. AND I WONDER WHICH RELIGION PROVIDES A SPACE IN ITS BOOKS FOR THIS BARBARIC ACT

Di Mateo Xavie said...

RIP

Ade Olasengbe said...

so sad

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