downplaying: ((( today's news )))
Claude Bérubé ([personal profile] downplaying) wrote 2014-01-07 08:31 pm (UTC)

To: vincent@smartcom.lu
From: claudeberube@freepress.com

March 28th, 2011.



Something is going down. Soon. Dick (yes, our photographer is called Dick – do you have any idea how frustrating it is running around the Ivory Coast with a Dick and not get any)… Well, Dick and I have been ordered to do an on-the-spot report in one of the towns outside Abidjan, called Duékoué. It’s controlled largely by forces attempting to install the internationally recognised president and there are rumours flying about that an attack of Gbagbo troops might be underway. We’ve been asked to find out how it’s affecting the civilians. How many are fleeing already? Have there been any casualties that have somehow avoided international attention? The usual questions. Paint an everyday portrait of the war, my boss emailed me earlier today. Jerk that he is. Is there a wedding someone’s had to cancel? Snap a picture of a crying child to go with it. Give the war a human face. More like a commercial face that’ll sell easy papers.

A wedding. Are you kidding me? Like these people care about weddings right now. They might be dead tomorrow.

We’re leaving in an hour. I’ve packed my bag and am sitting in our temporary office facilities at the Embassy. At least the coffee is good – when everything else is slowly being reduced to a pile of elephant crap.

Amicalement,
Claude

P.s. You know I will. You know.

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