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Death Toll Continues to Mount in Ivory Coast Stampede Which Killed Mostly Children and Teens

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Clothes litter the area where the stampede took place.

The death toll from a stampede in the Ivory Coast now stands at 61, with survivors saying the stampede, which killed mostly teenagers and children, was caused by barricades set up along the street. The teens and children were out for a New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

“For security, because there were so many important people at the event, we closed certain main streets,” said a police officer.

“After the fireworks we reopened the other streets, but we had not yet removed the tree trunks from the Boulevard de la Republic, in front of the Hotel Tiana near the National Assembly (parliament) building,” she said. “That is where the stampede happened when people flooded in from the other streets.”

One survivor did her best to explain exactly what happened.

“Near the Justice Palace we were stopped by some people who put blockades of wood in the street,” 33-year-old Zoure Sanate said from her bed in Cocody Hospital. “They told us we must stay in the Plateau area until morning. None of us accepted to stay in Plateau until the morning for a celebration that ended at around 1 a.m.

“Then came the stampede of people behind us,” she said. “My four children and I were knocked to the ground. I was hearing my kids calling me, but I was powerless and fighting against death. Two of my kids are in hospital with me, but two others are missing. They cannot be found.”

Another man who was questioned said his life was saved by people who pulled him onto the sidewalk.

The government plans to set up a crisis center to continue to interview victims about what happened on the night of the stampede.

 

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7 comments

  1. The police and anyone else who was involved in organizing this event should be investigated and if anyone or any group is found to be at fault; they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

  2. The police and anyone else who was involved in organizing this event should be investigated and if anyone or any group is found to be at fault; they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

  3. That is why I don’t do crowds. Too many people in an unpredictable situation. My thoughts and prayers to all

  4. Damn omg I'm Prayn for all thoes Familes. This ish is Crazy

    • Was just talking to a friend about how they blockade people off in New York during most events in time square. We actually stopped going to events in time square because of the fear of something like this happening. It is very dangerous.

  5. Septimber Colleen EL-Allaht

    right, the first thing I thought was an animal stampede. Not humans, but humans are so worst then animals. smh

  6. Stampede? The animals involved were human. WoW! That's deep.

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