By Susan Craig
We postponed our return to Cote d’Ivoire from Ghana because street demonstrations were scheduled by different groups in Abidjan for the second week of January. By January 7 those demonstrations were called off. I flew back to Abidjan on January 8. Except for higher-than-usual mounds of trash at various intersections, the roadway from the airport to our homes looked “normal.” I even rejoiced that our vehicle had to crawl with everyone else’s through a typical traffic jam. That’s Abidjan as I know it! Continue reading
From a worker in the Middle East
In the news we’ve seen various demonstrations. Some days there are orderly expressions of discontent, and other days there’s violence and even death. Outbreaks of disgust have even begun in our own city overseas, something we didn’t expect. Many have been hurt, and two have died. Continue reading
By Janet Chalker
After several postponements, the first presidential elections since 2000 will soon take place in Côte d’Ivoire. Civil war broke out in 2002, and a power-sharing government has been in place since the truce.
How do you prepare for elections? Bake something for the polling booth cake stall or do a letterbox drop for the party of your choice? Here it’s a bit different. People cancel any non-essential travel around the country, and they stock up on food, cash and other items in case strikes, unrest or curfews close the shops. Continue reading