In his roles as Rotary Peace Ambassador, Fulbright alumnus and university professor, Kouame Remi Oussou (Humphrey fellow, 2018/19) is promoting peace ahead of Cote d’Ivoire’s 2020 presidential election.
The most valued treasure is peace, so everyone must do all they can to stand for it
2020 is a year of great tension in Cote d’Ivoire and around the world, and there are fears of a repeat of the 2010 election which claimed the lives of more than 3,000 Ivorians.
Oussou wanted to take action to ease tensions in the country and so obtained a TV appearance on RTI1’s evening news on 8 August. In his appearance, Kouame discussed his book on Alassane Ouattara, the incumbent president, D'une decennie a l'autre, Alassane Ouattara et le defi de la gouvernance en Cote d'Ivoire.
Based on my Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) work in the Central African Republic (CAR) (2009-2011) as part of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), I came to the conclusion that the most valued treasure is peace, so everyone must do all they can to stand for it.