SAN PEDRO, COTE D’IVOIRE, 2012. Sign at entrance to Saf Cacao whose brand is “Choco Ivoire.” The company was started in the 1960s by a Shiite Lebanese family, Lakiss, that fled the growing inequality in Lebanon and the persecution of the Southern Lebanese Shiites by the Christians, Druze, and Sunnis of the North. Tens of thousands of Shiite families moved to West Africa to seek a better life and to flee religious persecution. Saf Cacao is now the fourth largest cocoa seller in Cote d’Ivoire.
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