The damaged window in the foreground is the result of fighting between incumbent Gbagbo’s and president-elect Outtara’s forces. The civil war started over a contest for the presidency in Cote d’Ivoire. The neighborhood of Treichville saw much fighting. For instance, in the apartment below this one a woman was shot in the arm. The U.N. peacekeeping mission found 1,012 people dead in the country after Gbagbo was captured. For an in depth analysis of the conflict, go here http://socialistworker.org/2011/01/19/crisis-in-ivory-coast.
While American media often paints Africa as full of civil war and poverty, Chinese business people, like the man on the computer in the background, are willing to put up with several risks in order to take advantage of African resources and markets. By importing shoes from China, this particular business made over 60,000 USD in one week during July 2011.