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I have been absent for about a month, I was not able to conduct just the interview to think of writing a draft…

Why? Why do I have to be thinking all the day, sleepless in the night and scared at sunset?
Yes scared about what may happen with the morning.

Just when I was rejoicing for the changes coming, the news hit me like a storm.

We now have two presidents. Yes Two presidents: Laurent Gbagbo (former president) and Alassane Ouattara (opposition) : each of them forming his government. One (Laurent Gbagbo)with the support of the army, most of the country institutions and a large part of the population, while the other (Alassane Ouattara) is recognized by the West African countries and the international community…

Oh we dreamed too big… we underestimated the problem… We thought that election could make a change and reunify the country divided by a violent crisis since 19th September 2002.

For more than two weeks now. No school, offices and shops have just started opening, Food is becoming expensive. How are women going to feed their families? In villages, people are dying: poverty has doubled in just two weeks… No proper medical cares, supplies are getting spoiled for no one is willing to risk his/her life to travel or carry food from farms to town from villages to cities. Employers from private sector are not sure to be able to pay at the end of this month.
But amidst this, the citizens are not complaining. Why? Is it fear? Careless? Or are we so used to all this that we can’t talk about it again?

The activist I was supposed to interview is struggling to help all the women she manages. They can’t provide markets with supplies and they are losing investment…

Why is it that all these politicians are not affected by the suffering endured by population?
In the name of what are they sacrificing the happiness of their so-called loved one?
Just for power? Just for money? Just to eat and eat and keep their population in hunger? Is there justice in this world? Is it fair?

This woman, Aurore, gave birth but is separated from her husband, alone in a small town because she can be taken as a target due to the husband’s work. Is it fair?

Eva’s mother and sisters have been placed in different families they do not really know while she is stuck in a nearby country just because the father is a military man. Why? Is it fair?

I am here in Ghana, a nearby country; my mum does not want me to go back now because she is afraid of what might happen on the road.

I can’t do anything to help.

How I wish my small voice could do something right now to bring Unity in Cote d’Ivoire my dear country.

How I wish all this is not happening to You “Tres Chere Patrie”. How I wish…



Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Small voice, big impact

Dear Harmony,

Your small voice has a big impact--you have stories to tell that we don't hear in main steam media. Who can tell us better than you about the market women being affected? In what paper does it tell us that poverty has doubled and people are dying--because of this crisis?

Never doubt that your voice makes a difference--because it does! Keep yourself safe and keep writing....we're listening to you!


"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

HARMONY's picture

Thanks Racheal! I will tell

Thanks Racheal!
I will tell and tell more stories for all the women unheard Voices

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

Nusrat Ara's picture

Dear Harmony, You have raised

Dear Harmony,

You have raised your voice and just remember you are the voice of many people who don't have access to means to get heard or get a chance to do so. Keep doing so there are a lot of people who are listening.



HARMONY's picture

Thank you Nusrat for

Thank you Nusrat for encouraging and supporting!

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

olutosin's picture

Thanks for telling the world

That is why we are here, may God protect everyone in Cote Di'voire and touch the hearts of mighty men who waste lives like toilet roll.
Be careful but raise your voice, when it begins, it affects women and their children the most. We are voices of women and children, you may think that your voice is solo, but with the support OF WP, it reaches more than 158 countries. Thanks for being the voice.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


HARMONY's picture

Thanks Olutosin

May God touch hearts and indeed protect us.
Thanks to you all

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

vivian's picture


I could felt the pain in you voice, pains of what you country is passing through right now. My husband is a news reader, he mentioned to me yesterday that war may arise in cote Di'voire soon. Little did i know that my friend is there and that it was serious. I did not even listen to him when he said it.

Be careful sister but show care and concern for women, girls and children. they are also the vulnerable groups of war. You may think you voice is small, but it could make an impact that could save alot of lives.

We are there for you sister and will be praying for you. May God Protect the innocent one in cote Di'voire. Amen


''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

HARMONY's picture

Thanks Vivian

It is so painful... Even tomorrow people will be contesting in the street and only God Knows what may happen. Think I was planning going there this friday. But we have hope all this will finish very soon!

Thanks for being so encouraging and loving. My regards to your husband.

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

Potter's picture

Harmony, YOU are a souce of hope...

I grieve for Cote d’Ivoire, What a sad and desperate state of affairs for a beautiful and proud country. Keep writing, my friend. Your voice is crucial! Are you in a refugee situation in Ghana? (I was living in Ghana when there were camps established for Liberian and Sierra Leonean refugees; not a happy situation.) I'm so sorry that you've had to flee...and so grateful that you have found safe haven. Keep talking! We are listening.

HARMONY's picture

Hi Potter

Thank for your listening.
I am not in a refugees situation. My work took me to ghana and before I could go back all these started so I'm here waiting to see how things go on. I have so many things to do there that I am very sad both for beeing here and for what is going on. It is really a desparate condition.

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

SAsong's picture

Salut Ma Belle

Keep fatih and remember you are the voice that gives the world information from your perspective. Your voice is not small, keep writing, keep sharing, be safe...but know we are all here for you. Please stay in touch when you can. Gros bisous and Hugz!!!

HARMONY's picture

Hi Song Thank you. I am in

Hi Song

Thank you. I am in Cote d'Ivoire and despite all we were hearing it is still safe but anything can happen... Gros Bisous and stay in touch.

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

I hear your voice and understand confusion. I cannot imagine the pain you are put in by the play of politics in your country.

I pray and hope that things change for the better sooner than later. I pray the children are united with their parents. I pray that families rejoice in peace and communities move towards building a beautiful country.

My prayers with you and hope your desperate situation change to opportunity soon. I wish you a hopeful new year.

Please share whenever you can. I will be listening, dear Harmony.

With love

HARMONY's picture

Hi Amei, You can't imagine

Hi Amei,
You can't imagine how my heart echoes with your prayers. Sister you are a blessing and all of you here are inspiration for me to move forward.

Together we are building a better life and that is what motivates me.

Love you

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

Rudzanimbilu's picture

Oh Harmony...

Thank you so much for sharing. I have only started reading the post on World Pulse from yesterday and I am so grateful that you shared your voice. All we hear here is the African delegates going to solve the issues and everyone keeps quite about what is going on. It is so sad that that when we all are seeking peace and a better life things are going the opposite direction. I wish, with all of my heart that the political situation in your country is solved peacefully and most of all I pray for your strength.

Things will be alright Harmony!

Rudzanimbilu Muthambi

HARMONY's picture

Thanks Sister

Happy you are back and able to connect with us.

I wish i was having a bad dream that will get up and it be over. But what can we do, just try and improve life were we can and hope all these negotiation will bring better tomorrow because military intervention will do nothing but only worsen the case.

Thanks for your concern.

Keep in touch

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

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