The Violent Coast – Ivory Coast

DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL – Tuesday 21 April, 8.30pm

Ben Anderson knows about traveling through potentially perilous places. In 2002 he visited the countries which made up President Bush’s infamous ‘Axis of Evil’ in the guise of a tourist. Anderson found that Western understanding of these countries was often at odds with reality. Could his trip to these four countries along the West African Coast, so ravaged by war, disease and corruption, also challenge perceptions and reveal the unexpected? Anderson looks at the real life stories behind the headlines.

Ivory Coast: Once the model for growth and stability in the region, the former French colony has succumbed to the terrifying chaos of civil war and militias. The plunge into violence has been so total that the country has been described as Africa’s answer to the Wild West, despite an uneasy peace deal.

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