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Thanks for the clarification.
if for sure has been going on a lot longer than just the Iraq War and 9/11, terrorism and all this crazy stuff has a long history.
I have been laughing at the number of readers who think Africa is Violent. I think in Rwanda about 800,000 people were killed.
I think Germany killed 20 Million Russians in WW II.
50 Million died, the modern world is good at killing, not good ole primitive Africa, they just get in tribal skirmishes and go wipe out the other side.
Germany performed genocide on five million Jews, so who is violent?
I see the danger in life as a group of drunk football fans, after 11 PM at night.
There are two competing motivations.
African politicians want the right to steal all the tax money, they want to be dictators, but know this is not so politically correct in a modern world.
They then use the Religions to pose one against the other, and get the naive religious people to take sides. Now, nobody talks openly and the a USA person always seems to want to remove religion, because it has little influence in the USA.
However, religion is ever present in Africa, every sign on every building has a reference to religion connected. Like God Bless you Haircuts.
To not include religion in the mess would be to deny that the North of Cote d'Ivoire is Islamic and the South is Christian. Truly a north vs south thing,and anger is easy to find in an highly religious person.
I could bring a religious person to fight in second, they are seldom at peace.
So I walk on the other side of the street, even though I believe.
There is something about going through the eye of a needle, this is how confusing the path is to finding peace. I just write, people will for sure become angry when I write about what they want in the dark
Fun stuff, and truly not a big issue for me.
Life is a risk, I want to go to Liberia, land trips is travel, airplane trips are tourist, I need the land trip to feel a sense of accomplishment.
Is it dangerous, I think for a White Christian in the middle of an Islamic area that starts to have riots... then yes. Can I predict a riot? No.
I think I can go all the way across Cote d'Ivoire in one day and limit the time in harms way.
No risk, no rush.
Adventure requires the possibility of dying, the bottom line is this, I am more likely to get killed by a taxi running over me, than a riot.
What annoys me the most is the press lying, there is no information source to be trusted. Note, I am not the normal, I know someone Africa project worker. Africa does not need help or saved, it is just fine.
DITTO! My thoughts exactly I have always thought if Jesus came down to earth, entered most any church professing organized Christianity that he would vomit. Such divisions between people of faith seems pointless and hypocritical to me and seems to continue to cause perpetual bloodshed. Somebody or some group helps fan the flames of people differences for with their own private agenda and to further their private interests.
Now to GO or NOT to GO! Weigh your options and the logistics and the best optimum pathway / roads to cross over to Liberia with the least chance of encountering sudden wild fire violence, wake up and follow your inner gut feeling and either GO FOR IT or accept that gloom and doom is sometimes near enough to stop you from falling over the cliff by making the wrong decision. Either way go with it and be true to yourself.
Weird how people like to nitpick and point out criticism or mistakes in one's writing or ones speech. be it 1400 year or 2000 years most anyone would understand that since each religion was adopted the followers of each have collided head on.
Some other search results were written by Missionaries
Met one missionary type here in El Salvador once who wanted to go to Africa and 'convert muslims', told him rots of ruck as they say in Las Vegas
Only about 4 months ago read some glowing travel articles urging people to visit Cote D'Ivoire as tourists
When I was a medic in war or conflict zones, the most deadly thing is crossfire, a stray bullet, a friend of mine who was War Correspondent for Agence Presse-France in 1980s Central America has one in his hip
My advice is take another route if there is raging civil war........
HOWEVER the US Embassy in Cote D'Ivoire thas not issued any urgent travel warning to that countrysince 2003 and the longest recent expatexchange.com thread
on that country's group is a meetup thread from local Hash hound Harriers, ex pats who jog and socialize together worldwide click on http://www.expatexchange.com/expat/index.cfm?frmid=232andtpcid=3346131
So before you travel to Liberia overland, get a second opinion online from a foreign resident of the Ivory coast.
Philosophy is all bs when the you know what hits the fan. There was Peter, who bought an enormous amount of land in Nicaragua, started 'organic'ming, put up a website and yahoo user group, hired locals and volunteers came down from States, married a 17 year old (then) local girl, then one day two guys came out of nowhere with machetes and put Peter in the hospital, his wife got the farm and the website, online Peter was quite a dazzling philosopher, Peter is still around on a forum, still a philosopher, but no farm, yes, I live in Third World, seen that and that, saved lives and had mine saved, no philosophy, just common sense and good luck most of the time, yep I am 'aware' when I walk one block to the little tienda to purchase snacks, called situational awareness. Smile and keep smiling. Take it one day at a time. Don Lee, Ex Pat, Survivor, no more no less and Happy holidays/ Merry Christmas season to all
Support out Troops even if you don't support the war or any wars, send em a Holiday greeting online if possible.
Good day to all. All we have is 24 hours.
When ever I have to fly or travel thru Muslim territory I whip out the ole' Koran and pretend I am reading it. It's worked so far and recieve quite a few smiles and easy passage.