Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Mariame Kanfando, 10, with her father, wait outside the morgue in in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Wednesday Jan. 2, 2013, in an attempt to get the bodies of her mother and two sisters killed in a stampede on new year's eve. Survivors of a stampede in Ivory Coast that killed 61 people, most of them children and teenagers, after a New Year's Eve fireworks display at a stadium said Wednesday that barricades stopped them from moving along a main boulevard, causing the crush of people. Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara ordered three days of national mourning and launched an investigation into to the causes of the tragedy but two survivors, in interviews with The Associated Press, indicated why so many died in what would normally be an open area, the Boulevard de la Republic. An estimated 50,000 people had gathered in Abidjan's Plateau district to watch the fireworks.
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