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[Africa] INSIGHT -- COTE D'IVOIRE -- thoughts from Abidjan on pro-Ouattara bias

Released on 2012-08-06 13:00 GMT

Email-ID 1116097
Date 2011-01-29 22:47:16
Code: CI005
Attribution: Stratfor source (is an American missionary in Abidjan)
Publication: for background
Source reliability: is new
Item credibility: is new
Handler: Mark
Suggested distribution: Africa, Analysts

I am a missionary serving in Abidjan. I do not support political
candidates here or in the USA. I am completely neutral and I tell everyone
that I am. However, I have been burned in the past by the news media so I
am a bit nervous about sharing too much info as it could endanger my

What we really need over here, and all of francophone Africa, are some
neutral observer/reporters to come and wade through all the lies so the
world can see the truth. I remember when reporters used to pride
themselves in doing true investigative reporting. What happened to those

For example, I read the UN reports where they say there are 20,000 to
30,000 people fleeing into Liberia and Guinea and they show pictures of
the red cross helping them. They always make sure they include it with a
statement of human rights abuses of the Gbagbo regime which they say are
not verified yet. But what they never say is that the people are fleeing
because they are being killed and raped and whole villages are being
burned by the rebel supporters of [opposition leader Alassane] Ouattara.
This is common knowledge here on the streets. We know this is true because
we have friends who have family who have lost their homes and family
members. Of course, the UN, USA and France support Ouattara so they bury
the truth or disguise it to look like Gbagbo is responsible.

This is easily verified by anyone who wants to go to the refugee camps and
interview the people there.

I really appreciate your writing and respect the work of your
organization. May you can give me some insight on something. Why does the
Obama administration want to make enemies of the entire West African
population when all the Africans here love America and would do anything
to become a business partner with America. If Obama used some wisdom , he
could end this crisis right now by calling for an investigation and
discovery of the truth about the abuses of the election and who actually
won. If he did this all the people would proclaim him a friend of
democracy and a hero of the people. He could get anything he wanted over
here if he helped the people to get real freedom from colonial domination.
What do you think?

Everyone here is working and going to school, living their lives and
ignoring the calls of Ouattara for civil disobedience. If you talk to
regular folks, family people, not those who are being paid to start
trouble, on both political sides of the issue, they all say they do not
want war.

Look at what is happening in Egypt or Tunisia right now. No one had to
tell them to rebel. They rebelled because they didn't like the people in
power. Now here in Cote d' Ivoire we have a nation who is at peace with
Gbagbo. They are not rebelling and the USA, France and the UN want to
remove him. My friend, I can tell you that the people here will never
allow that to happen peacefully. They will have to kill many people to
force the 60 to 70% to submit to someone they do not want as President.
Again, don't take my word for it. Come here yourself and see it all. It
will blow you away to see how the truth has been distorted and trampled

Please, come and see!