Je Suis Ivory Coast

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Another attack on a beach resort. This time in Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire). I have wanted to visit this vibrant country for two decades but not got there yet. I came close when I lived in Nigeria, 1000km (600 miles) away.

13th March was reportedly, a beautiful day in  the Ivory Coast, when six cowards dressed in black with balaclavas opened fire with Kalashnikov msachine guns on the beach at Grand Bassam. They were eventually shot by Ivory Coast security forces.

The BBC reported “They killed a child, despite him kneeling down and begging”.

The death toll is 22 including the six gunmen, two soldiers and four Westerners and ten Ivory Coast civilian nationals.

The Ivory Coast does not need its economy shattered. These attacks achieve nothing useful and shows complete evil when they kill men, women and children indiscriminately. Going in and bombing and killing the perpetrators isn’t working either. For every terrorist that dies, more rise up. We need a different solution. We need a global campaign that says violence is not the right tool.

We need to protect our children, our world and our ways of life. Let us remember, when one part of this world suffers, we all suffer.

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