On 23 March, the villages of Ogossagou and Welingara were attacked by a group of unidentified armed men.
157 civilians -including 46 children as well as women - were killed. In addition, local sources reported that several people were burnt to death in their homes.
Around 65 people have been injured, 35 of whom have been seriously wounded and evacuated to Bankass health center and Sevare Hospital.
Since 23 March, violent acts targeting other villages have followed.
More than 400 houses and 80 granaries were burnt and 940 heads of cattle lost.
Survivors in Ogossagou are estimated at 850 people.
Following the attacks of Welingara, 500 people have been displaced to Guiwagou. They are hosted by families.
Local reports indicate the preventive displacements of about 1,500 people from the neighboring village of Bare Dar Salam to Diamnaty.
On 25 March, the humanitarian partners conducted a rapid assessment mission in the affected areas. They have identified as top priorities: protection and psycho-social support, access to food, health care services, shelter and non-food items, potable water and good hygiene and sanitation conditions.
The cercle of Bankass has been the theatre of an upsurge of violent attacks and intercommunal clashes since 2017. From 1 January to 23 March, at least, nine attacks were reported by partners (see graphic below).
Due to the escalation of the violence, the number of IDPs increased from about 2,100 in January 2018 to 56, 400 in January 2019. The survivors of the attack of Ogossagou, internally displaced people in Guiwagou and host communities are facing the same needs than the civilians previously affected by the attacks. They all need urgent humanitarian assistance.