"The price of a kilo of sugar has doubled"
Lanciné Touré, journalist, lives in Cocody, a residential neighbourhood of Abidjan.
I do the shopping for my family of four. Before, we used to spend 5,000 CFA francs (7 euros) a week, now it is at least 8,000 CFA francs (12 euros). A kilo of sugar used to cost 1,000 CFA francs (1.50 euros), now its cost has doubled. A kilo of rice has gone from 350 to 600 CFA francs (50 cents to 1 euro).
For the moment, we do not eat any less than before, but we're clearly putting more and more money into food. We cannot go on for much longer like this. And even when we have a bit of money in the account, most of the automatic cashpoints are closed, so we're always short on cash.
"Any attempt by the people to make demands is seen as taking a political stance"
The problem is that if you demand something, that is associated with taking sides with one political candidate or another. And the situation is so tense that it could quickly backfire on you."