Sunday, April 10, 2011

On the Internet, Ivorians speak of humanitarian emergency

Since the beginning of the conflict in Côte d'Ivoire, the humanitarian situation in Abidjan empire. Sign of these tough times, many bloggers have had to suspend their Ivorian publication due to electricity or cafe open. Those who continue to write a newspaper telling more and more difficult. Supermarkets, grocery stores, markets: most have closed their doors.

Difficult in these conditions to find food. The Israeli journalist Yorobaen testifies on his blog, speaking of situation "more alarming than ever": "Diallo, I'd like two quarts of oil and rice, I asked a few days ago the only Mauritanian shopkeeper who dared to open. C is finished, he shoots me.

The only products I have bought have almost tripled in price. " Even the medical observation. Bloggers mention Ivorian jumble shortage of doctors, hospitals closed and the critical shortage of drugs. The Twitter social network is also used to relay emergency requiring medical intervention.

On his blog, Dr. Yapi writes regularly on medical news in Côte d'Ivoire. Recently, he published advice to its readers Ivorian destination, "to help them to handle situations that you might encounter." It explains in particular how to react in case of lack of medicines for diabetes, or "diarrée and vomiting of the child": "At home with small means we can prepare an oral rehydration solution (ORS).

Prepare this solution as follows ... "" No neighborhood is spared by the violence, "said Christian H. Roland, which recounts his daily challenges in the Ivorian capital. The contractor tells the events of his neighborhood chic, Cocody. "The residence where I am a refugee has been visited by armed men on two occasions.

[...] The second time we went to the brink of tragedy. I am the unfortunate viewer of a bad B movie: War on Abidjan and the story of a fratricidal struggle between two groups of Ivorians that ended in war. " The journalist Theophile Kouamouopublie also a video, which shows armed men who force their inhabitants to surrender their car.

Many bloggers also criticize the lack of information in traditional media Ivorian. "48 hours RTI [Ivorian state television] is voiceless," says Fernand Agbo Turkey, a teacher at the very critical of the intervention of the UN and France. They then turn to the international press, which uses more of the terms "humanitarian catastophe" to discuss the situation in Côte d'Ivoire.

In response, the Israeli journalist Yoroba sums up: "Humanitarian catastrophe? Yes. I do not even talk about these neighborhoods, now being a man is valid to be an ideal prey for enrollment in a militia." Charlotte Chabas

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