Much of the international media's attention may be trained on the Belgian capital, still reeling from Tuesday's ghastly terror attacks.
But on the same day of the bombings, which hit the main airport in Brussels as well as its metro, killing 31 people, those grieving another tragedy offered a display of their resilience.
On March 13, militants affiliated with al-Qaeda in the Maghreb — the terrorist organization's North African wing — stormed the resort town of Grand-Bassam in the Ivory Coast, killing 18 people. Six assailants were eventually slain by security forces.
"Armed with Kalashnikov rifles and hand grenades, the attackers marched across the sand, sowing death. They shot men, women and children. They shot Ivorians and foreigners. When security forces arrived, the gunmen killed two of them as well," my colleague Michael Miller wrote. He cited local accounts:
"They killed a child, despite him kneeling down and begging," one witness said, according to the BBC. "They shot a woman in the chest. I swear, I heard them shouting ‘Allahu Akbar.’ They’ve killed innocent people."
But a week later, a group of popular Ivorian musicians and other performers gathered at the same beach to proclaim their defiance to terror and those who would carry it out. The song and video they produced, titled "Meme pas peur," an Ivorian-French phrase that translates to "we're not at all afraid," is a bold, sunny number, featuring dancing and singing by an azure sea near resorts that had so recently been struck by tragedy.
"In Ivory Coast, we’re on our feet," it asserts, mocking the militants' embrace of martyrdom. "What are you doing on the beaches? Because of 70 virgins, you kill innocent people. … Islam is a religion that promotes love, you kill innocents for lost causes." The song scolds the terrorists: "You there, in the name of God, you won’t go to paradise."
Chico Lacoste, the song's producer, told NPR it was a message to the world. "Ivory Coast has been hit, but they haven't knocked us down," he said. "Ivorians will stand up and resist."