As attempts to oust Côte d'Ivoire's incumbent former president, Laurent Gbagbo continue, the situation in Abidjan remains tense.
Various media report that more than a million people, or a quarter of the population of Abidjan, have fled the city for neighbouring countries or other parts of Cote d'Ivoire to avoid being caught up in the battle between the rivals or in the opportunistic looting and violence that is taking place across the city in the absence of law and order. Those that have remained behind lock themselves in the relative safety of their homes to keep out of harm's way, venturing out only to try to get essentials for their families. Some staff report not having electricity or water.
Even so, TWR staff members living in Abidjan remain positive and hopeful for a speedy end to the violence that has gripped this nation over the past months. TWR's Regional Director for West Africa, in a communiqué from Abidjan believes that it has been through the prayers of TWR staff, friends and partners globally that all TWR staff remain safe amidst all the violence and turmoil.
Please continue to pray for the on-going safety and security of TWR's staff members and the offices in Abidjan. Pray that the turmoil in Côte d'Ivoire will soon come to an end and a stable government will be established in that country.
Published: 09 April 2011