Monday, January 3, 2011

Africa update

I've mostly been reporting on Cote d'Ivoire, as you know, but there are a number of events worth noting and putting in your prayers.

Sadly, there were bombings both in Nigeria and Egypt, both targeting churches. There were further bombs near a market in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

As many of you know, there's the referendum coming up in Sudan on this coming Sunday which may or may not split the country in two. General opinion has it that the South will secede. Neither route sounds particularly clear or easy. I'm just praying that the vote itself isn't marked by violence; one step at a time.

And in Cote d'Ivoire, Gbagbo is still hanging on despite various carrots and sticks. The latest carrot: "Incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo could be offered refuge in the US as a means to end the country's political crisis, US officials say." Specifically, Georgia where he has relatives. Wouldn't that be something? God bless all diplomats.

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