This is a devastating start to the new year so early to have so many people dead especially as report mostly young people.

According to media report over 61 people was killed in Ivory Coast after a stampede occurred when a crowd of people left a New Year’s firework show.

Apparently, thousand had gathered at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium to see the fireworks, on leaving the stadium the stampede happen that left over 60 dead and more than 200 injured.

The media further report that desperate parents went to the city morgue, the hospital and to the stadium to try to find children who are still missing.

President Alassane Ouattara and his wife visited some of those hospitalized and he pledged that the government would pay for their treatment, his office said.

The government organized the fireworks to celebrate Ivory Coast’s peace, after several months of political violence in early 2011 following disputed elections. It was the second year that Abidjan had a New Year’s fireworks display.

Hours after the stampede, soldiers patrolled the site, where victims’ clothes, shoes and other debris littered the street.

State TV showed traumatic scenes: a woman sobbed in the back of an ambulance; another was bent over on the side of the street, apparently in pain; and another, barely conscious and wearing only a bra on her upper body, was hoisted up by rescuers.

There were also scenes of small children being treated in a hospital; one boy grimaced in pain and a girl with coloured braids in her hair lay under a blanket, with one hand bandaged.

The Ivory Coast is the world’s largest cocoa producer, growing more than 37 per cent of the world’s annual crop of cocoa beans, which are used to make chocolate.

By Sandrea: My Opinion