Jacqueville is a barrier island, separating the suburbs of Abidjan from the open ocean. Today, the only way to reach Jacqueville is via car ferry. Sadly, the ferry service is very irregular, resulting in waits of three hours and more just to cross the Ebrié Lagoon that separates the town of Jacqueville from the mainland.
There is a bridge under construction which will remedy this problem, rendering the ferry service obsolete. However, for now, it is the only way of transporting vehicles, people, food and other supplies to Jacqueville.
On the day we visited Jacqueville (for the inauguration of COFVIJA) the ferry was not operational. So, we all had to park our vehicles on the mainland and take a “pinasse,” making the journey more of an adventure. Here are a few photos to give you a glimpse into the lives of the resilient residents of Jacqueville –whose survival depends on this tenuous link with the mainland.