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Struggling to Make Sense of the Deadly Stampede on New Year Day in Abidjan

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Cote d'Ivoire, Breaking News, Citizen Media, Digital Activism, Disaster, Humanitarian Response

Tree trunks laying on the road seem to have triggered the stampede that killed 60 and injured 49 during a new year celebration in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The fact that the area was not adequately lighted may have contributed to the terrible tragedy.

Israel Yoroba in Abidjan reports on a lethal stampede [1] [fr] as people gathered to watch fireworks at the Plateau district to ring in the new year. A hashtag #drameplateau [2] was set up to give real time updates and on how one can help the victims. This is the third disaster of this kind since 2009 [3] [fr] in Côte d'Ivoire.