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As political tension in Côte d’Ivoire continues to escalate, the situation in Abidjan remains tense. It’s estimated that more than a million people, or a quarter of the population of Abidjan, have fled the city for neighboring countries or other parts of Cote d’Ivoire to avoid the violence and opportunistic looting 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 believes that it has been through the prayers of TWR staff, friends and partners globally that all TWR staff remains safe amid 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.

For more information on the situation in Côte d’Ivoire, click here.