ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (BP)-- As I pored over news stories to prepare for the trip to Ivory Coast, not much of the nation's recent storyline encouraged optimism.
Abidjan, a city formerly known as the "Paris of West Africa," seemed littered with tales of violence that left marks in bullet-pocked walls and on people's hearts. Accounts of bloodshed and strife caused by a decade of civil war filled my background notes. Even the airport I flew into, reconstructed and modernized now, had been looted and damaged during fighting, which culminated in the Battle for Abidjan in April 2011. Read More