Cote d’Ivoire artists will soon launch a caravan across the country to sensitize the public on the need for peaceful elections, a source from the country’s artists’ federation told Xinhua on Sunday.
According to Traore Salif “Asalfo,” the caravan will move in every town to speak about peace, social cohesion and reconciliation.
“We shall urge the population not to attack each other, despite their political differences,” he noted.
Salif said the group will use songs and other means of entertainment to sensitize the population on the need to go and vote without violence.
Cote d’Ivoire’s culture ministry has welcomed the initiative, noting that it demonstrates the commitment and the contribution of artists to promotion of harmony in the country.
“Art is an important vector for cohesion and reconciliation,” Jean-Claude Coulibaly, an official from the culture ministry, said.
Cote d’Ivoire people who suffered during the 2010-2011 post- election crisis are expected to return to the polls, starting with presidential elections in October this year. Enditem