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Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso WADPI Graduates

Week 1 ended with the graduation of 2 countries Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast which consisted of 202 individuals. Each country did report out the day before on what they learned in their respective tracks (IT, Composite, Operations and One Health) through the West Africa Disaster Preparedness Initiative. They documented recommendations for implementations and leaders (Mr. Sinare Halhassane, the Director of Cabinet and Minister in charge of Civil Protection – Burkina Faso and Gen. Dja Ble Joseph, former Minister of Interior – Cote D’Ivoire) from their respective countries presented them their certificates.

They are to return to their home countries and implement their disaster mitigation, management and response plans. After the ceremony, participants took over the courtyard of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and danced for a couple hours to celebrate their achievement.

Ivory Coast Graduate at KAIPTC

Ivory Coast Graduate at KAIPTC

Benin Graduate at KAIPTC

Bukina Faso Graduate at KAIPTC


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Christmas here but Worry over there :(

While many of us were eating, laughing and opening up presents families with loved ones in Ivory Coast woke up to worry and concern about their loved ones. Some of you may know that my family was Liberia during the war and the hardest thing is not hearing from them for days upon days. Just wanted to send out prays for those in Ivory Coast this morning.

France will recognise envoy of Ivory Coast’s internationally-accepted president
France has stepped up pressure on Ivory Coast’s president to leave, signalling it will recognise the envoy of his internationally-accepted successor as ambassador in Paris.
Bernard Valero, a spokesman for the French foreign ministry, said Paris had “taken note of” the decision to nominate an ambassador by Alassane Ouattara, who is recognised widely as the winner of a recent election over Laurent Gbagbo. A police source was reported to have said the new envoy had “peacefully” taken over control of the embassy.
The ambassador’s post, in the capital of Ivory Coast’s former colonial power, is seen as head of one of the most important diplomatic missions. The French statement comes just a day after French authorities grounded a plane belonging to Mr Gbagbo at a French airport following a request by Mr Ouattara. France still has significant business interests in the West African nation.

Three West African heads of state are due to arrive in Ivory Coast on Tuesday in a last-ditch attempt to persuade Mr Gbagbo to relinquish power. If he does not, the African regional body Ecowas has said it will consider taking military action to remove him.
Mr Gbagbo took to the airwaves over the weekend to denounce what he called a French-US “plot” against him. He says the election was stolen by his opponents and has refused to quit office. Amid outbreaks of violence, there are fears of civil war.
Mr Gbagbo said of his detractors: “Maybe they do not want me, I admit it, but I am not looking to be loved by them. I respect and abide by the Ivorians’ vote.”

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Here we go again!. Damn it!!Ugh

US orders staff out of Ivory Coast

Once the US starts to order staff out of your country.. that means Ish is about to go down. I am so so so so tired of war and this civil unrest in our region. Once your country has gone through war it take years and years to repair the damages and the people. WE DO NOT NEED THIS ANYMORE..


THE US has ordered non-emergency staff to leave Ivory Coast and warned Americans not to travel to the country.

At least 50 people have been killed in post-election violence in the west African nation.

The US State Department has also ordered relatives of its staff to leave Ivory Coast.

The call came yesterday as France demanded Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo hold back his troops. Tensions are escalating in his standoff with Alassane Ouattara, who was declared winner of presidential elections. “If (Mr Gbagbo) does not want to have deaths on his conscience, he needs to hold back his troops,” French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said.

Canada yesterday joined a world chorus urging Mr Gbagbo to cede power or face sanctions.

“Mr Gbagbo must respect the democratic will of the Ivorian people and concede power to Mr Ouattara,” Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said.

The US government cited “growing anti-Western sentiment” in the country.

“The State Department recommends that US citizens take advantage of commercial means of transportation while they are available and while borders remain open,” it said.

Mr Gbagbo and Mr Ouattara claim to have won last month’s presidential vote, but while the latter has been recognised as the victor by the international community, the incumbent is clinging to power.

Despite calls for Mr Gbagbo to stand down, there are signs his regime is hardening its stance. Mr Gbagbo ordered the 10,000- strong UN mission to leave on Saturday, accusing it of arming rebels loyal to Mr Ouattara, but UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon dismissed the ultimatum and urged him to step down