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Burkina Faso Attacks: Photographer Leila Alaoui buried in Morocco

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French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui who died from injuries sustained during last weeks’s jihadist attack in Burkina Faso’s capital was buried Wednesday in Marrakech.

The artist was at the scene of the attack in Ouagadougou last Friday when militants from the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb stormed a hotel and killed at least 30 people.

Alaoui, 33, passed away Monday night in a clinic in the Burkina Faso capital.

Born in Paris in 1982, Alaoui studied photography at the City University of New York before starting her career in Morocco and Lebanon.

Alaoui’s recent photos focused on themes of migration, identity, and cultural diversity, and she worked to share social realities by combining fine art with documentary storytelling.

She was in Burkina Faso on an assignment by Amnesty International to create a series of photos on women’s rights.

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