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Ivory Coast: Ivorians seeking justice and security for all now

Hermann Aboa and Nadege recently arbitrary assaulted by henchmen of the Power of Alassane Ouattara

Ivory Coast – Unbearable, horrible, barbaric, it’s the least we can say, faced with these particularly violent assaults experienced by some of our compatriots.

We believed that we had survived hell during the post-election crisis that Ivory Coast has experienced in 2010. Unfortunately not, for some years now some acts of extreme cruelty shows us that violence is still in the lives of Ivorians. Individuals without faith nor law destroy people’s lives and no one deigns to lift a finger.

One would think if we are really in a state of law or in a banana republic.

Hermann Aboa journalist former moderator of a political talk show.
Hermann Aboa journalist former moderator of a political talk show. Photo: RTI

On Saturday, March 29, 2015, it was with shock and dismay that Ivorian learn the violent aggression suffered by journalist Hermann Aboa from Lieutenant Do, president Alassane Ouattara’s head of bodyguards.

The reporter appears, swollen face on several pictures he posted on his Facebook account.

These images that chill the blood and give fear shocked more than one person. The damage to the face of the journalist showed the level of violence in this barbaric aggression that nothing can justify under any circumstances.

Recently acquitted in the trial at the Assizes of the 80 co-accused pro-Gbagbo, after more than two years in jail in an arbitrary and abusive manner.

Hermann Aboa Journalist, unrecognizable, his face swollen after the violent unprovoked attack by the Head of the bodyguard of the President of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire,  Alassane Ouattara
Hermann Aboa Journalist, unrecognizable, his face swollen after the violent unprovoked attack by the Head of the bodyguard of the President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara on the right

The young journalist thought he could now, live a peaceful life with his family after the ordeal.

Lieutenant Ouattara Do, head of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara bodyguards, the attacker of the journalist Hermann Aboa
Lieutenant Ouattara Do, head of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara bodyguards, the attacker of the journalist Hermann Aboa on the left.

It is effort lost, as some individuals with obscure purposes are against the freedom, he recovered in pain after enormous sacrifices.

Ivorians had even yet to recover from the crime suffered by the young journalist that another act of the foul is committed by a man called Sylla of the Republican Forces of Côte d’Ivoire (FRCI).

This time it’s a midwife, who became brutally bludgeoned at her workplace by the element of FRCI.

The images of the poor lady, completely banged up face on her hospital bed are very hard to bear. What has she done to deserve this despicable act?

Nothing! She was simply exercising her noble profession, which is to help women safely and healthily give life in peace.

Dame Amani Nadège, Midwife victim of an attack by a member of FRCI as she was peacefully carrying her professional duty.
Dame Amani Nadège, Midwife victim of an attack by a member of FRCI as she was peacefully carrying her professional duty.

Earlier in December 2014, it was the young Malick Fall who succumbed

Ms Amani Nadège on this picture still in shock after the attack for being professional and respectful of the rules and disciplines in place in the exercise of his profession.
Ms Amani Nadège on this picture still in shock after the attack for being professional and respectful of the rules and disciplines in place in the exercise of his profession.

to the murderous bullets of judge Kouassi Placide. Since nothing has been done to shed light on this case that shocked Ivorians during the end of year festive periods.

The regularity of these barbaric attacks, show that peace, reconciliation, and worse, justice and security, are overused words in Côte d’Ivoire without any true action in reality.

These unprecedented violence are a violation of human rights.

During the crisis, Hermann Aboa simply exercised as journalist at a position that has existed in Ivory Coast in 2010. He never used weapons against anybody that is.

Amani Nadège peacefully exercising her midwifery profession to the general hospital of Abobo when she was violently attacked.

The young Malick Fall spent his Christmas Eve with his friends when the murderous bullets tragically ripped his life.

It is time to sound the alarm about the many abuses of power that Ivorians are suffering.

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All every Ivoirian without distinction want to feel under the protection of the State... We want real Justice and Security for everyone Now! No one should commit a crime without facing the Law...
It is necessary that the institutions of defense of journalists and human rights like the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), but also Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International shed real light on the situation of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire.

This covered up impunity in the Ivory Coast is particularly unbearable for the population, as it seeks to divide a country already traumatized by a war whose scars are still present.

It is time for justice to do its job.

The perpetrators of the crimes are known to all, and walk in peace in Ivory Coast.

Ivorians need peace, security and justice without discrimination between those in power, their allies and the rest of the population.

Ivory Coast - Unbearable, horrible, barbaric, it's the least we can say, faced with these particularly violent assaults experienced by some of our compatriots. e believed that we had survived hell during the post-election crisis that Ivory Coast has experienced in 2010. Unfortunately not, for some years now some acts…

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